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Electricity demand hits record high

Nasik Swami
Saturday, January 25, 2014

IN light of the recent high temperatures experienced around the country, the FEA has recorded an increase in the electricity consumption by its customers on Viti Levu for the beginning of this year.

In a press conference at its headquarters in Suva yesterday, authority CEO Hasmukh Patel confirmed the demand had hit a record high of 148 megawatts compared to 138 megawatts in January last year.

Mr Patel said the record increase was triggered by the unusually hot temperatures experienced this season.

"We were still restoring power for the first couple of weeks in January, if you 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 megawatts," Mr Patel said.

"And today the demand is going up to 148 megawatts so you can see in comparison we are talking about a 6 to 7 per cent increase."

He said with the hot weather condition, the use of electrical appliances such as fans and air conditioners had increased.

"We understand the increase has not been brought about purely by the increase in customers' throughout 2013.

"I think the main reason the demand is very high is because of the hot weather.

"Throughout the day there are customers who are using fans, air condition or practically all sorts of electrical appliances for their requirements."

Mr Patel has called on all its customers on Viti Levu to restrict their electricity consumption.

"We request all electricity customers on Viti Levu, if they can help us in this difficult time practically with very little rainfall — if they could restrict their consumption."

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