Electricity peak load during Eid 2023 reaches 29.9 GW

Jakarta – The highest electricity consumption (peak load) of national electricity during Eid al-Fitr 2023 has increased compared to 2022. State electricity company PT PLN (Persero) noted that the increase was evenly distributed, especially in areas that became homecoming destinations.

PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo said that the national peak load in this year’s Eid period reached 29.9 gigawatts (GW), with a supply capacity of 44.5 GW. The peak load in this homecoming destination has increased compared to last year’s Eid.

“The growth in electricity consumption reflects the equal distribution of community activities, which were previously centered in big cities, now spread to the regions. Central Java, for example, saw its peak load increase by 6 percent to 3,575 megawatts (MW) compared to last year’s Eid. Likewise in East Java, it was recorded that the peak load reached 4,698 MW or grew 2 percent compared to 2022,” Darmawan explained, late April.

He added that West Java recorded peak load during the day on Eid al-Fitr day 2023 reaching 4,172 MW. This figure is an 8.8 percent increase compared to the daytime electricity peak load during Eid al-Fitr in 2022.

In the Banten region, which is mostly an industrial city, peak load increased by 2.17 percent or 42 MW compared to last year. Although many industries have stopped activities, various other activities such as airports and ports have increased electricity consumption so that the peak load has increased. Bali province also recorded an increase in peak load to 811 MW, up 10 percent compared to last year.

“This indicates that Bali’s economy is growing, Bali tourism is also starting to stretch and many people are taking advantage of this year’s Eid holiday to travel to Bali.”

After the return flow begins to occur, it is predicted that the growth of electricity consumption in big cities will rise again along with the return of people’s activities working in urban areas. (Hartatik)

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