State power provider PLN had reason to celebrate this week’s Nyepi ceremony – a 50-percent drop in power use.
According to Agung Mastika, PLN’s spokesman in Bali, based on the precedent of previous years the company was expected power consumption to drop by half during the Balinese Hindu “Day of Silence” when all lights and electrical appliances, including televisions, are switched off, and all work ceases.
The typical load burden of between 540 and 545 MW will be reduced by up to 272.5 MW,” he said ahead of Nyepi, which fell on March 23.
Mastika said there would be a concurrent drop in incomes from electricity sales from around Rp8 billion to Rp4 billion, but this would not be a major concern for the company, given that the supply in Bali is currently stretched.
Mastika said offices, shops and public places generally accounted for the highest consumption of energy, due to use of air conditioning and large-scale lighting.
These would all be switched off during Nyepi. Street lighting would also be switched off, he said.
Mastika said that despite the predicted drop in demand PLN would continue to operate its power plants and distribution points as normal during Nyepi.