The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) group has pledged to ensure stable and safe supply of electricity for production and consumption needs in June, the peak month of the dry season.

The group forecast that with hot spells hitting many areas across the country, total power demand may reach 423 million kWh per day. Therefore, EVN will have all coal- and gas-fired electric power plants run at full capacity in order to meet the demand.

At the same time, the group will intensify communication campaigns to promote the economical use of power.

According to the EVN’s statistics, total commercial electricity output in the first five months of this year stood at nearly 49.3 billion kWh, an increase of 8.85 percent from the same period last year. More than half of the power output (54.1 percent) was consumed by the industrial and construction sector, while domestic households, trade and service used 34.9 percent and agricultural sector, 1.6 percent.

Businesses have continuously lodged complaints with the government and local authorities in recent years, claiming that power cuts have had a detrimental effect on Vietnam’s investment climate.

In late April, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai ordered the power industry to find ways to supply sufficient electricity for the public and enterprises this year.-VNA