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City saves 391 million kWh electricity, downs power cuts

Update: March, 12/2012 - 10:42

HCM CITY — An efficient power-saving programme helped to reduce the number of power cuts during the dry season in HCM City last year.

The city saved more than 391 million kWh of electricity in 2011, cutting the total usage of power by 2.56 per cent in the city.

The achievement surpassed the target assigned by the Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) previously, according to a report from the HCM City Power Corporation.

Of that amount, State agencies and offices saved 37 million kWh of power; the public lighting sector, more than 61 million kWh; the industrial sector, more than 81 million kWh; and the service sector and household, more than 221 million kWh.

According to the corporation, the programme helped the city save more than VND553 billion last year. It also helped to cut an estimated 168,260 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

The recent city-wide campaign to encourage power savings in households was a major contribution to the results for 2011.

According to the corporation, power consumption in households contribute up to 40 per cent of the total electricity usage in the city, equivalent to 20 million kWh of power a day.

If 10 per cent of that amount, or 2 million kWh was saved, the city would not face power shortages in the dry season, according to Le Van Phuoc, HCM City Power Corporation's general director.

Last year, the total amount of generated electricity was around 106.33 billion kWh nationwide.

The entire country saved 1.3 billion kWh of power, or 1.4 per cent of the total consumed power.

HCM City achieved a better rate, more than 2.5 per cent, according to EVN.

The Government has proposed that EVN devise a strategy to save 5-8 per cent of total consumed power nationwide between 2011 and 2015. — VNS

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