Power Use Surges as Heat Wave Drags on

  • By Park Sang-hyun

    July 26, 2021 13:16

    Daytime temperatures are expected to soar to 36 degrees Celsius again this week as high humidity adds to the discomfort. Surging air conditioner usage has already put a strain on power supply.

    The Korea Meteorological Administration said morning lows this week will range from 23 to 26 degrees, while daytime highs will soar to 31 to 37 degrees, often with tropical nights when the mercury remains above 25 degrees after sunset.

    Electricity demand is displayed at Korea Electric Power Corporation in Seoul on July 23. /Newsis

    Korea's power consumption surged to 90.3 gigawatt on July 22, surpassing the government's maximum projection of 89.3 GW. The last time summer power demand surpassed 90 GW was in August 2019.

    Korea is capable of producing 99.8 GW, but due to scorching temperatures the nation's consumption is expected to surpass the current record of 92.5 GW set in July 2018.

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