The Industrial Promotion Department expects 100 factories to join its energy management programme this year, with each one cutting electricity consumption by at least 10%.
So far, 734 factories have participated over the past decade, resulting in a savings of 1.33 billion baht. Half the players taking part are located in and around Bangkok.
Samakki Pocharoen, director of the department's Bureau of Target Industries Development, said the department received a budget of 8.5 million baht this year to hire experts to consult with 100 factories on cutting energy use by 10% or 1 to 1.2 million baht a year.
The focus is the five sectors that use the most energy - metal, textiles and garments, plastics, printing, and automotive.
Thailand has 70,000 factories operating, consuming 12,000 megawatts. There are 17,668 factories in Bangkok.
Cotco Plastics Co, a producer of artificial leather, PVC sheet and film, consumed 3.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity for production.
After joining the project in 2009, its usage was cut by 15% to 3 million kWh.
Located in eastern Bangkok's Bang Chan Industrial Estate, last year the company produced 7,500 tonnes of artificial leather, PVC sheet and film.
Following advice from the department, Cotco invested 2.41 million baht to implement 12 measures to improve the production process and invest in technology, resulting in 26% lower energy use per year.
The company also implemented short-term measures such as having its 230 employees wear light clothing to work and rescheduling production to off-peak hours.
Managing director Udsanee Meeprasertsagool said the company expects to save 2,000 kWh from April 5-14 of the 200,000 kWh normally consumed each month.
This will help to avert possible power outages during the scheduled supply disruption of natural gas from Myanmar, he said.
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