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Electricity usage set to peak in sweltering May heat

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) yesterday warned that the electricity usage in Bangkok and adjacent provinces would peak this month due to extremely hot weather and low rainfall.

EGAT Assistant Governor for System Control, Chanin Chaonirattisai, said that Bangkok had seen usage peak on April 24 at 10,040 megawatts - compared to last year's peak of 10,002 megawatts.

The agency said it would be closely monitoring power usage in Bangkok and around over the coming 1-2 weeks for a peak. Chanin said the agency was confident that it could supply enough electricity because there were over 16 electricity distribution points across the city.

As for the whole of Thailand, EGAT expected the peak to be in April or May. Last year the country's overall peak occurred in May at 26,598 megawatts. This year so far the country's peak was on April 23 at 26,942 megawatts.




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