Daily Updates on Electricity Levels to be Televised

      November 22, 2011 10:58

      Starting from next month, the public will receive daily updates on power supply and demand levels via TV broadcasts in much the same way that they receive weather reports, the Korea Power Exchange said on Monday.

      Meanwhile, an expert with over 30 years of experience will be placed in charge of power management in order to ensure a stable supply of electricity, the body added. These are among a slew of measures it rolled out to try and prevent a power outage this winter similar to the blackout that hit the nation in September.

      At 6 p.m. on weekdays, the KPX will inform Korea Electric Power Corporation and other utilities of the projected power supply and demand level for the following day, and the public will receive that information during daily weather updates broadcast on TV. After the weather updates, newscasters will inform viewers of the peak hours for power demand as well as the power reserve level for the following day.

      A KPX official said, "If the reserve power level is projected to fall below 3 million kW the next day, which would constitute an emergency situation, a public advisory to conserve electricity will be issued."

      The KPX has completed negotiations with terrestrial broadcasters MBC and SBS over the power updates, while talks are still continuing with state-run KBS and YTN, a 24-hour cable news channel.

      Also, following criticism for its poor handling of the unprecedented power shortage on Sept 15, which led to blackouts in many parts of the country, the government will hire more staff to handle the nation's electricity supply as part of an organizational reform, it said.

      As part of these efforts, the KPX plans to hire eight experts with more than 30 years of experience managing power supply.

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