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          EGAT revealed that the country’s peak demand reached 28,351.7 MW which broke the peak record for the second time in 2016, mainly because of the high temperature of 36.6 degree Celsius. Public’s cooperation for power saving was required.

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          Mr. Suthon Boonprasong, Deputy Governor-Transmission System, revealed that on April 19, 2016 at 2.17 p.m., the country’s peak demand reached 28,351.7 MW, breaking the peak record for the second time in 2016 (the first time occurred on April 6, 2016 at 27,638.3 MW) due to hot weather with the temperature of 36.6 degree Celsius. The latest peak demand occurred during the workday after Songkran holiday that usually had more power consumption in industry, service and household sectors.

          However, EGAT ensures that there would be sufficient electricity capacity and fuel supply to meet the country’s demand. EGAT would also like to ask public to save the power by following the power-saving measures namely turning off the unused light, setting the air conditioner temperature at 26 degree Celsius, unplugging the unused electrical appliances, and using the label no. 5 electrical appliances. The mentioned measures could save the power for the country.

          Moreover, on April 18, 2016 at 9.00 p.m., the peak demand of all 14 southern provinces reached 2,630 MW, increasing by 5 percent or 125 MW from the last year due to hot weather and growing air conditioner use. The 14 southern- provinces electricity demand broke the peak record for 10 times. The most power-consuming provinces were Songkhla, Phuket, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Krabi. The power plants in the South of Thailand generated 2,225 MW, while the rest of 375 MW came from the central region power plants, which was still sufficient for the present demand. However, the power consumption in Southern Thailand was expected to rise steadily. Therefore, the South of Thailand needed a source of electricity supply in its area with reliable fuel diversification, for the stability of the power system.