Electric power consumption in Vietnam has reached over 1,000 kWh per capita, according to statistics released by the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) on Jan. 6 at a conference reviewing works in 2011 and planning for this year.

According to General Director Pham Le Thanh, all sectors and the public have fully complied with the Government's decree 171 issued in January 2011 on saving electricity in production and consumption. The nation was able to save an estimated of 1.31 billion kWh in 2011, according to EVN.

HCM City led all provinces in electricity saving, accounting for 30 percent of the nation's total electricity output that was saved last year.

Officials commit to expanding city programmes to raise electricity saving awareness in 2012, especially that of the over 100,000 local students.

In 2011, EVN provided electricity to more than 81.6 percent of villages nationwide, with nearly 85 percent of households in rural areas buying electricity directly from EVN at government promulgated price.

Thanh said in 2012, EVN will also work on major projects to provide electricity for production, consumption and socio-economic development. It will also continue restructuring and withdrawing capital in real estate, stocks and banking to focus on its core business./.