Energy Demand Drops in H1

AKP Phnom Penh, August 19, 2020 —

Energy demand has seen a decrease in the first six months of 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic, which had forced factories, tourism-related facilities including hotels to shut down, leading to the drop in power consumption.

“The demand of this year [first half] decreased a bit due to the impact of COVID-19. Some factories and hotels have shut down their operations or they reduced their power consumption,” said H.E. Victor Jona, Director General of Energy at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

The energy consumption from January to June was averagely 33 million kWh, he pointed out.

During the same period, he added, the total power supply was about 1,700 megawatts, down from 1,900 megawatts in the same period last year.

According to a report from the ministry, the power supply has increased from 2,635-megawatts in 2018 to 3,382-megawatts in 2019, a 28 percent year-on-year increase.

By Chea Vannak