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Demand for electricity rises with temperature

Friday, January 24, 2014

Update: 1:25PM WITH the hot weather condition experienced in the country, the FEA is pleading with its customers to utilise electricity wisely.

In a press conference at the headquarters in Suva today, authority CEO Hasmukh Patel said with the hot season, the demand for electricity has increased.

"In fact this year has been unusually hot, the temperatures are pretty high and as a result the demand for electricity has risen substantially," Mr Patel said.

He said the demand for electricity has increased from 138 megawatts in January last year to 148 megawatts for the same period this year.

"If we were to compare the demand of electricity last year at this time, last year shall I say in December 2012 we had a cyclone and therefore, we were still restoring power for the first couple of weeks in January, if you got to compare the demand after we have restored power in late January 2013 to January 2014, the highest demand we have reached last year was around 138 mega watts."

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