The Director said based on data collected in the summer months for effective planning, the demand for electricity is higher than other months particularly in the distribution areas of MEA in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan. The peak power demand on May 12, 2016, from 13:30 to 14:00 was equal to 9,296.57 megawatts, while the maximum demand in 2017 is expected to be 9,589 megawatts in May, higher than those in 2016 by 292 megawatts or 3.14% in which MEA is able to handle. The highest demand for 2017 up to the present day was at 8,661.60 megawatts on March 23, 2017 from 14.00 to 14.30 hrs.
The Director further said, in regard to the western gas field (Yadana) was shut down for maintenance and caused the power generation system to produce electricity from high-cost fuels to replace the missing gas, MEA has operated in accordance with the government policy and coordinated with relevant agencies to invite large power consumers in Samut Prakarn areas to apply for the 2017 Emergency Demand Response Program (EDRP) during March 1-7, 2017. Overall, 44 large power users have been participated in the program. It is expected that on March 27, 2017, from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm, the wattage could be reduced to a maximum of 97 MW. MEA also created a system to monitor the EDRP and online reports can be conveniently retrieved on the website.
Moreover, MEA has consistently developed its power distribution system to ensure stable power supply by establishing SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) / EMS (Energy Management System), an information technology to efficiently and safely improve the system management, voltage control and electric power distribution – one of the technologies launched by MEA, the first organization in Thailand to implement and develop this invention for more than 30 years. Additionally, Field Force Management (FFM) is the other information system initiated to optimize services by managing electrical problems, e.g. power failures. It will benotified through MEA Call Center 1130 or MEA Smart Life Application and reported directly to MEA's responsible offices to ensure rapid fixes for convenience. However, to improve efficiency of the power distribution equipment, MEA has inspected the power line connection points for power stability and safety and also strengthened the power poles in areas at risk of summer storms such as open areas and storm zones, as well as improved the power distribution system i.e. electric power equipment, transformers and substations, including ongoing rehearsal of emergency plans for efficient electric distribution to prevent momentary interruption or blackouts.
In addition to the preparedness for higher power consumption, The consumers can change behavior to use electricity more effectively and safely as follows: Always check electrical appliances to ensure they are in good and safe condition. Turn off lights that are not in use. Select high performance air conditioners. Set air conditioner temperature to 26 degree celsius. Do not open and close refrigerator too often. Bring a portable cooler for drinks. Do not keep too much food in refrigerator. Check your refrigerator door gasket to ensure a good seal. Unplug appliances when not in use. Buy LED bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. Choose energy-saving appliances (no. 5 label) and use electrical equipment carefully to prevent short circuit. Always switch off and unplug appliance when not in use. Make sure electrical equipment is in good condition, if any damage is found, fix it immediately to prevent short circuit, including the installation of ground wires and breakers to prevent electric hazards.
Currently, consumers can use MEA Smart Life Application to display a history of the past six month bills – a graph format that is easy to read and compare the power consumption for effective household or building management, including a prompt power failure notification. The application is available for download at App Store and Google Play for free. For any suggestions or questions, please contact MEA Call Center at 1130 (available 24 hours a day).
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