On the sideline of yesterday's conference on national efforts to save electricity, deputy general director of EVN Nguyen Tan Loc told Tuoi Tre that about 3,000 MW would be added to the national power grid soon.

Next month, the 5th turbine of the Son La Hydropower Plant will officially generate electricity at a capacity of 400 MW, while another plant in Dong Nai will give an addition 170 MW to the grid, he said.

Meanwhile, the demand for electricity in some industries is declining. Power consumption in the cement industry has dropped by 13.9 percent, iron and steel, 14.3 percent, and insulated electric cables by 19.9 percent.

With declining demand, combined with efforts to save power, EVN thus doesn't have to cut power this season, Loc said.

Loc, however, was concerned about a possible overload to many power systems, since after a recent increase in gas prices, many families have switched to using electricity to cook instead of gas stoves.

Regarding power saving, Loc said the country last year saved more than 1.3 billion of kWh, of which 390 million kWh was from HCM City, which led the country in power saving efforts.

EVN has also proposed to the government to increase electricity prices at an appropriate time this year, Loc said.

"Power prices may be raised twice in 2012, by at least 5 percent each time," he said.

Tuoi Tre - March 12, 2012