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Electricity consumption to peak this summer

WITH mercury set to torment the city, power consumption is expected to reach a new peak this summer, local officials said yesterday.

The power usage may likely top 31,000 megawatts, about 5.43 percent higher than last year, said Yuan Qinghai, chief engineer with the Shanghai Economy and Informatization Commission.

“There may still be some areas which may encounter power cuts during the peak days, though the city’s maximum power supplying capacity can reach 33,200 megawatts,” Yuan said yesterday.

There will be 23 to 29 days when temperatures are likely to exceed 35 degrees Celsius, compared to 28 days in 2013.

On certain days, it could touch 40. Last year, temperatures soared to 41 and 42 degrees, a record for the city.

The city’s power usage reached 29,000 megawatts in August in 2013 — the highest in three years, according to the Shanghai Power Electric Co Ltd, the city’s power supplier.

This year, the commission has come up with plans to ensure maximum supply.

Yuan said some 6,000 megawatts of electricity can be saved from companies and pass it on to the citizens. The commission is working on a trade-off with the companies.

The city government has also installed monitors at local shopping malls and hotels to keep the air-conditioning above 26 degrees Celsius.

About 60 percent local malls and hotels have followed the stipulation on air-conditioning, which saves approximately 50 megawatts every day.

Last year, shopping malls, hotels and office buildings were advised to cut back on the use of air conditioners temporarily, especially during peak hours to ensure power for households.

Nearly 2,000 electricians were on standby round-the-clock.


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