Phnom Penh Rolling Blackouts

Source: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012022754732/National-news/tolerance-of-blackouts-urged.html

‘Tolerance’ of Blackouts Urged
Chhay Channyda with additional reporting by Bridget Di Certo and Mom Kunthear
Monday, 27 February 2012

Rolling blackouts that have engulfed Phnom Penh over recent weeks are here to stay and will likely intensify, an official from the state-owned Electricity du Cambodge said yesterday. During hot-weather months, Phnom Penh requires upward of 400 megawatts of electricity per day, a demand that increases by 15 to 20 per cent every year, the official, who did not wish to be named, said.

“Now, we need about 350 megawatts per day, and we have less than that, but I can predict that next month, which is hotter than this month, the demand will increase to 380 or 400 megawatts per day, which we still lack power to supply to all households,” the official said, adding that the city has about 290 megawatts available each day, with nearly half of that coming from Vietnam.

Electricity du Cambodge is telling Phnom Penh residents to “be tolerant” during the power outages. The electricity provider has split the city into two groups and is alternating power outages between night and day for the two groups in a bid to minimize the effects, the official told the Post yesterday.

However, for Phnom Penh residents, the power outages are far more burdensome than a few hours without lights. Pho Kim An, a 63-year-old duck-egg seller in Chamka Morn district’s Beouk Keng Kang 3 commune, said yesterday that she has been without electricity for at least three periods of about three hours a day since the start of February.

“It is really bad and difficult to sleep, especially for my granddaughter and  especially at night when the electricity is cut. It was not often cut in January, but three times per day from February,” she said, adding her family regularly has to leave their house while the power was cut, and could only return once it was restored.

Press and Quick Reaction Unit spokesman Ek Tha said the severity of the situation is being overstated. “Electricity fluctuations are just minor problems. The government has invested in this situation, and it has improved,” Ek Tha said. Representatives from Phnom Penh City Hall could not be reached yesterday.

According to Wikipedia: global electricity price comparison

My electric bill is 25 US cents/1kWh in Phnom Penh. Some folks pay closer to 30 US cents/1kWh. It adds up.

Country/Territory US cents/1kWh As of Sources
Argentina 05.74 2006 [5]<[3]
Australia 19.67 first 1755kWh/qtr, then 28.88 2011 Switchwise
Belgium 29.06 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Brazil 34.18 January 1, 2011 ANEEL
Canada 10.78 January 1, 2011 PEI
China 16.0 (tariff for renewables – not true grid price) January 1, 2011 [6]
Chile 23.11 January 1, 2011 Chilectra[7]
Croatia 17.55 July 1, 2008 HEP
Denmark 40.38 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Dubai 07.62 2011 DEWA[8]
Finland 20.65 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
France 19.39 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Germany 36.48 November 1, 2011 EEP
Hungary 23.44 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Hong Kong
(HK Is.)
12.04 January 1, 2012 HEC[9]
Iceland 03.93 January 1, 2012 OR[10]
Ireland 28.36 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Italy 28.39 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Israel 12.34 January 1, 2012 IEC[11]
Jamaica 07.35 up to 100 kWh, 16.80 beyond June 1, 2011 JPSCo[12]
Latvia 15.40 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Malaysia 07.42 December 1, 2007 ST[13]
Moldova 11.11 April 1, 2011 RUF[citation needed]
Netherlands 28.89 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Pakistan 02.06 up to 50 kWh, for a maximum of 14.62 beyond 700 kWh May 6, 2011 LESCOFESCO
Perú 10.44 2007 PTL[14]
Philippines 30.46 March 1, 2010 [6]
Portugal 25.25 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Russia 09.58 January 1, 2012 Mosenergosbyt
Singapore 22.11 January 1, 2012 [15]
Spain 27.06 January 1, 2012 Iberdrola
South Africa 05.37 July 1, 2008 Eskom
Sweden 27.10 November 1, 2011 EEP
Taiwan 07 up to 17 October 1, 2008 [7]
Thailand 04.46 up to 09.79 March 5, 2011 BOI
Tonga 57.95 June 1, 2011 [8]
Turkey 13.1 July 1, 2011 TEDAS
Iran 02.00 to 19.00 July 1, 2011
UK 21.99 November 1, 2011 EEP[5]
Ukraine 03.05 (first 150kWh), 03.95 2011 [9][16]
Uruguay 14.47 to 22.89 February 18, 2011 UTE
USA 11.20 2011 EIA[17]
Uzbekistan 04.95 2011 Stroyka.uz[16]

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