Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) expects electricity consumption to increase during the El Nino, which is expected to hit the country soon.

In a statement today, corporate communications general manager Omar Sidek, said during the 2009 El Nino, electricity loading was 2% higher than forecast.

“The effects of the El Nino weather phenomenon can be felt now … it’s hot and there is no rain.

“This will result in the increasing use of air-conditioning and fans in the factories, business premises, offices and homes.”

TNB said the country recorded the highest electricity usage of 16,583MW on May 28 this year. The peak usage was between 2pm and 5pm every day, it said.

It advised consumers to adopt energy-saving measures during the current hot and dry season.

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