EGAT: Thais helped save 515 megawatts of electricity on April 10

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BANGKOK, 11 April 2012  – Official data showed that Thailand has saved energy considerably by switching off power for one hour on Tuesday, as called for by the prime minister. 

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) revealed on Tuesday that the government-initiated “April 10th – Operation Save the Country – Switch Off for 1 Hour” Campaign, which was launched by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, has been well-received by various state and private offices as well as the public.

The campaign, which was activated between 1 pm and 2 pm, called for the switching off of one lighting system and electrical appliances that are not in real use, and the adjustment of temperature of air conditioners from 25 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees Celsius.

As a result, as much as 515 megawatts of electricity have been saved, according to EGAT.

The latest energy conservation project was conceived and implemented in April, when power consumption usually surges.

The government has decided to launch the campaign on Tuesday because of the temporary shutdown at a natural gas field in Myanmar during April 8th to 17th, which resulted in the decrease in Thailand’s power production by 5,600 megawatts per day.