KOTA KINABALU: Power consumption in Sabah is seeing a dramatic spike daily despite some relief to the scorching heat coming from inter-monsoon rains.
A record 939MW was recorded at 2.45pm yesterday. Officials said it was the first time that demand had crossed the 900MW mark during the daily peak hours – 2pm to 4pm.
Officials with a power utility company said normal peak hour demand was over 800MW even during the dry spell since February.
“It is clear that people are using more power, including for air conditioning, due to the weather,” said an SESB official.
Meteorologists noted that the temperature was highest at 34°C at 2pm in the Kota Kinabalu area.
Many people have resorted to using air conditioning throughout the day and they expect their electricity bills to skyrocket.