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Heat wave spikes electricity consumption

THE city's power usage spiked yesterday, reaching 26,770 megawatts as of 1:50pm - the highest in three years, said the Shanghai Power Electric Co Ltd, the city's power supplier.

The city has had only nine days of high temperatures, but electricity usage has been heavy because of the heat wave, the company said, adding: "The city can be assured of power supply as it has a total of 28,670 megawatts of electricity and another 1,900 megawatts of reserved electricity."

The city's power plants can generate a total of 18,700 megawatts of electricity and can receive 9,970 megawatts from the country's grid.

The previous record high power usage was in 2010 when it reached 26,210 megawatts. But the power supplier estimated that power usage in the city will hike to a new record of 28,000 megawatts this year.

Shopping malls, hotels and office buildings are being advised to cut back on the use of air conditioners temporarily during peak hours to ensure power for households, the company said yesterday.

The city's power supply hotline 95598 has received 4,655 calls from locals as mercury soared, most of it relating to circuit trip or fuse burn-out after turning on too many appliances. Some 2,000 electricians are on standby round-the-clock to deal with any malfunction.

Meanwhile, more than 48,805 tons of duckweeds have been removed from the city's rivers and creeks, a phenomenon common during summer time, the city's water authority said yesterday.


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