Đa Mi hydroelectricity plant in the provinces of Bình Thuận and Lâm Đồng. EVN's output from hydroelectricity in the first quarter was 8.93 billion kWh, a year-on-year decrease of 30.4 per cent due to a water shortage. VNA/VNS.Photo Ngọc Hà
HCM CITY— Electricity of Việt Nam’s production and import of power increased by 6.3 per cent year-on-year in the first quarter, ensuring safe and uninterrupted supply is available amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A report by the State power distribution company showed that total power output was 57.29 billion kWh.
Domestic production was 49.28 billion kWh, a 6.47 per cent increase.
Renewable energy accounted for 2.76 billion kWh, including 2.31 billion kWh from solar energy, 28 times up from the same period of last year.
Ninety large-scale solar energy projects with the capacity of 4.500 MW were operated commercially last year.
Coal-fired thermal power accounted for 33.91 billion kWh, an increase of 21.3 per cent, and hydroelectricity for 8.93 billion kWh, a 30.4 per cent decrease.
The water flow to hydropower reservoirs across the country was low.
Large hydroelectric plants such as Hòa Bình, Ialy and Trị An are expected to be expanded in this year.
EVN is building 18 grids after completing 22 others in the first quarter with a capacity of 110-500kV. But the work faces difficulties due to several reasons including the COVID-19 pandemic.
EVN has asked customers to use online services when they want to register for electricity connections or make changes to prevent the spread of disease.
In March nearly 745,000 people used them.
EVN has urged the Ministry of Industry and Trade to subsidise power for all users by 10 per cent for the next three months.
The ministry has agreed and will soon announce whether the reduction will apply for April-June or May-July. VNS