SMEs join fight to pre-empt blackout by cutting power use

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SMEs join fight to pre-empt blackout by cutting power use

SMEs pledged yesterday to play an active role in cutting back on their electricity use during the peak summer months.

Members of the Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business, the Korea Federation of Retail Organizations and the Korean Women Entrepreneurs Association met in Seoul to give support to government-led efforts to scale back their energy use.

The bodies representing SMEs said they will voluntarily reduce power use to minimize the risk of outages.
Small shops around the country have moved to keep indoor temperatures at 26 degrees Celsius (78.8 degrees Fahrenheit).

They said they will take steps to keep their doors and windows closed during operating hours to conserve energy.
The move comes as the nation’s power reserves have fallen to the 4 to 5 million kilowatt-hours range from last month, mainly due to unseasonably hot weather and a drop in electricity output.

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