After weeks of anxiety over the energy crisis, the country can sigh with relief today.
Last month, the country was alarmed by Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal's warning of possible power outages due to Myanmar's shutdown of the Yadana gas field for annual maintenance in the first half of April. Today, April 5, was picked as the most vulnerable day.
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) yesterday issued an assurance that would no longer be the case. In short, the power scare was overblown. On the positive side, the false alarm has forced us to think more seriously about how the country should cope with increasing power demands without putting the country at risk of more pollution, health problems or adding to the global warming menace.
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