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Scorching weather drives up power consumption in north

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Electricity consumption has reached a new high due to a heat wave in the north of the country in recent days.

On July 18, electricity loads at noon in the northern region mounted to 22,800 megawatts, which is some 4,200 megawatts higher than the same period last year and 500 megawatts higher than the most recent peak on June 21, according to data from the National Load Dispatch Center.

A representative of the State-run Vietnam Electricity Group said that given the soaring demand for power due to high temperatures in the north, electricity generation also ran into difficulties. The operations of some thermal power generators such as Cam Pha, Thang Long, Quang Ninh and Ninh Binh have faced challenges, with a total of some 1,555 megawatts of electricity unable to be generated.

The prolonged heat wave could also pose a risk of disrupting the operation of regional power grids due to electrical overloading. Besides, for local households, the prolonged sweltering heat will decrease the efficacy of electric equipment.

Moreover, the risks of electric overloads and fires during hot days will rise more sharply than usual.

To avoid these risks and balance the power supply and demand, the Vietnam Electricity Group has advised local people, agencies, and manufacturing facilities to use electricity safely and efficiently, especially during times of high demand.

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