Friday, March 11, 2016

Heat pushes electricity demand on peninsula to all-time high

The exceptionally hot weather over the past few days has pushed electricity consumption to its highest in peninsular Malaysia, recording an all-time peak demand of 17,175 megawatts (MW) on Wednesday, said Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB). The utility giant said the heatwave due to the El Nino weather phenomenon had seen consumer demand for energy climbing since Monday, breaching the 17,000 MW peak demand threshold. "This broke the previous record in peak demand of 16,901 MW registered on June 6, 2014. "With sufficient electricity generation in place, the higher demand projected will not have any impact on the reliability of power supply," TNB said in a statement today. The peninsula's current totalled installed capacity stands at 22,220 MW, out of which 11,818 MW is TNB's own capacity while the balance is the total installed capacity of independent power producers. Consumers are encouraged to adopt measures for efficient use of energy especially during peak hours of between 2pm and 5pm. These include setting air conditioners at 23-25 degrees Celsius, ironing and washing clothes at night, boiling water during off-peak hours and operating machines or factories at night. – Bernama, March 11, 2016.]]>

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