Viet Nam's Ministries to Strive for Energy Efficiency

VIET NAM’S Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is urging governmental ministries, sectors and grass-root authorities to provide adequate power supply for business production and increased demand.

Dung has asked State agencies and offices to present plans to save power, issue regulations on power use, and use energy-efficient equipment and lights.

Ministers, heads of ministry-level agencies and government agencies along with heads of provinces and cities' People's Committees and State corporations will be responsible to inspect and penalise those who disobey the new energy-saving regulations.

These responsible people will also have to publicise electricity-consumption information.

The Prime Minister's instruction also mandate a 50 percent drop in power capacity for outdoor advertising panels used in the evening.
This year, power demand during the dry season is expected to soar 18.3 percent, but during this season there has been a lack of water at most reservoirs that are used for power generation.

The snail-paced construction of many power projects has also contributed to power shortages, which we reported last week with the electricity output for this year expected to reach 93.7 billion kWh, an increase of 14 percent over 2010.

Electricity of Viet Nam (EVN) plans to save at least 1 percent of electricity, equal to 1 billion kWh this year. During the previous five years, the country saved more than 4 million kWh power.

The saved energy is estimated to be the same capacity of two and a half years of operation of the Tri An Hydro-power Plant.

In his instruction, the Prime Minister requests the EVN to upgrade power grids in rural areas, reduce power losses in the areas to 15 percent by the end of the year and 10 percent by 2015.

Last year, at a conference on electricity power, Japan International Cooperation Agency officials forecasted that Viet Nam's power demand would increase by 3.5 fold by 2020.

Investigations show that approximately 95 percent of buildings have few energy efficiency features as part of their design and require upgrading.

Picture by IraHaugk

Monday 31st January 2011

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