Updated on Tuesday 24th April 2012: It has been another hot summer this year and, as usual, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) have come out to say that we have yet again beaten a record. In 2011, Thailand’s power usage stood at a high of 23,900 megawatts. In March this year, there was already early signs that we were going to beat that. During the first half of the month, the electricity consumption was already up by 6% compared to the same period last year. Then on 23rd March and 29th March, a new record of first 24,464 and then 24,571 megawatts was hit.
Today, the governor of EGAT came out to say that we had broken the record again. Demand for electricity peaked today (24th April) at 25,551 megawatts due to a high temperature of 38.2 Celsius. This is now the fifth time that the record has been broken this year. Last week, the record was broken first on 19th April with 24,882 megawatts and then on 20th April at 25,178 megawatts. Looking at the weather forecast for the next few days, we might break it again.