The Hoa Binh Power Corporation (PC Hoa Binh) has applied synchronous measures to gear up for the coming summer season when power consumption demand surge may cause a risk of power supply disruption.


Workers of PC Hoa Binh instruct locals to apply power saving measures during hot season.

Vice Director of PC Hoa Binh Nguyen The Hung said that in 2023, the Northern Power Corporation in general and PC Hoa Binh in particular faced many difficulties and challenges due to extreme weather conditions with prolonged heat. Power demand surge in May and June last year led to a power shortage in the north, he noted.

He said that last year, PC Hoa Binh’s commercial electricity output reached 1,319 billion kWh, up 8.8% compared to 2022, which was a high growth rate compared to the general average of the Northern Power Corporation.

This year, the weather situation is forecast to continue to develop complicatedly with the heat coming earlier and the temperature predicted to increase higher than the average level in previous years. Therefore, the electricity supply is likely to be greatly affected, especially in the Northern region.

According to PC Hoa Binh's forecast, commercial electricity output in 2024 will reach 1,414 billion kWh, an increase of 7.2% compared to 2023. The results of the first quarter of 2024 were 306.52 million kWh, a rise of 9.1% compared to 2023.

In order to ensure safe and stable electricity supply during the hot season, right from the beginning of 2024, Hoa Binh PC has deployed many synchronous solutions, including speeding up major construction and repairing projects, building power supply scenarios and non-commercial demand response (DR) plans.

The company has established a working group and supporting department to implement the electricity demand management programme.

Hung said that one of the important solutions is strengthening communications to encourage power saving efforts and call for large-scale customers to engage in demand response (DR) programmes, and switching production hours during the hot season.

Accordingly, PC Hoa Binh has sent requests to customers with consumption from 1 million kWh per year, asking for their coordination.

As of the end of the first quarter of 2024, the firm had signed agreements with 25,000 large-scale customers in power saving, along with 93 major customers in DR implementation with total DR capacity of 35.13 MW.

The firm also reached agreements with 50 customers to mobilise diesel generators with a capacity of 100 kW or more each to support in generating electricity when the shortage of system's peak capacity occurs.

With these solutions, PC Hoa Binh has been ready to ensure power supply in the whole hot season, meeting the demand for electricity for production and daily activities of customers across the province.

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