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Power play draws flak from experts

Two energy insiders tell 'Spectrum' that the ominous predictions of possible blackouts over Songkran were overblown but sounded their own warnings on what might happen if the country doesn't get its act together

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The public was thrown into a panic in February when Energy Minister Pongsak Rattapongpaisal said a power crisis was likely over the Songkran holidays. He attributed this to feeder lines from Myanmar's Yetagun, Yadana, and M9 natural gas fields in the Andaman Sea being closed for maintenance. 

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY: Many buildings in Bangkok are lit up all night, using a staggering amount of energy.

Mr Pongsak used the occasion to push for ''clean'' coal power plants, and several energy conservation campaigns were introduced. Last week, he told the Senate Energy Committee that the country would narrowly escape crisis with only a few thousand megawatts to spare thanks to cooperation from the public and the industrial sector in saving energy.

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