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Lights Out!

Earth Hour 2012 Sees a 10% Reduction in Baliís Power Consumption

(4/6/2012) Bali’s participation in the worldwide “Earth Hour” movement on Saturday, March 31, 2012 that saw many dim their lights and turn off power for one hour from 8:30 – 9:30 pm resulted in a significant if only momentary drop in the island’s power consumption.

State Power Board officials (PLN) report that powers consumption in Bali declined by more than 10% over the one-hour period. That 30-megawatt reduction in power usage represented a Rp. 166 million (US$18,400) saving in power bills.

According the NusaBali, however, support from the leading industrial sector of hotels was minimum for “Earth Hour” underlining the untapped potential for similar events in the future.

According to PLN officials, the strongest response to the “Earth Hour” call to turn off your lights came from private residences.

“Earth Hour” traveled around the globe on March 31 with more than 5,000 cities in 153 countries taking part to show their support for conservation of energy sustainability.