Scientists from research institutes and universities have joined representatives from power enterprises at the national conference on power science and technology 2014, which opened in Da Nang on November 6.
The three-day event receives nearly 100 scientific papers on the power sector’s key issues, from planning and a competitive electricity market to technological options for nuclear power.

The specialists also gave their opinions on optimising the operation of terraced hydropower plants on Se San river, wind power’s impact on local electricity grids, solutions to integrate solar energy into the general grid, and using technology software to improve management and customer services.

Nguyen Manh Cuong from the Institute of Energy said commercial and industrial electricity consumption would increase by 10 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively, from 2011-2015, corresponding to an average annual GDP growth of around 5.8 percent instead of the 7.5 percent envisioned in the approved Power Master Plan VII. The projected increases are 11.6 percent and 11.7 percent, respectively, in the 2016-2020 period.

He added that the Institute of Energy is currently devising recommendations on revising the Master Plan in terms of energy sources and grid transmission, to be submitted to the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Prime Minister by the end of this year.-VNA