PUTRAJAYA: Contrary to perception, electricity consumption goes down during festive seasons compared to normal working days, says Tenaga Nasional Bhd.
There is actually lower demand during the festive season, says TNB generation division’s senior general manager (assets operations) Roslan Abd Rahman.
“This is because many factories, buildings in industrial and commercial areas are closed.
“Factories are among the biggest electricity consumers, not the residential areas.
“As such, during the festive period such as Hari Raya, the power generated by TNB is less compared to normal days,” he said during a media briefing on the preparations by TNB for Hari Raya.
He said only 55% of power out of the 21,954-megawatt (MW) capacity is generated in the peninsula during festive seasons compared to 75% to 80% during normal days.
Roslan said TNB has seven thermal power stations and three hydro power stations in the peninsula.
He added that the utility company was also prepared for any eventuality during Hari Raya. It will have 1,199 staff on duty during Hari Raya. They include 328 operations staff, 194 maintenance staff while 677 others will be on standby.
Roslan said no major blackouts have happened during the major festive holidays. – The Star Online