Power consumption drops 7% in Q1

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BANGKOK, March 25 – Thailand’s ongoing political turmoil, which resulted in declining tourist arrivals, has also diminished Thailand’s power consumption in the first quarter by 7 per cent, according to the Energy Ministry.

Suthep Liumsirijarern, permanent secretary for energy, said the dropping temperatures early in the year also contributed to reduced power consumption, which will jump higher in April with hot weather.

Power consumption is predicted to peak to about 27,200 megawatts when the summer equinox occurs on April 26, he said, adding that the energy-saving campaign has continued.

The Energy Ministry earlier submitted a plan to the Election Commission (EC) to build more plants at the Mae Moh power site to generate 600 megawatts of additional power.

Mr Suthep said the EC instructed the ministry to urgently work out details of the plan and resubmit it for approval.