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South Korea becomes latest country to turn air conditioning off to avert energy crisis

South Korea’s government has ordered all public offices to switch off their air conditioning amidst fears of a national energy crisis

South Korea has become the latest country to order mass switch-offs of air conditioning because of fears of an energy crisis. The move follows two power plants providing 700,000 kW stopping operation on Monday due to technical problems..

Local reports suggest the timing could hardly be worse, as South Korea is suffering an extended heatwave and a major disruption in its nuclear power sector.

“We are facing potentially our worst power crisis,” Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Yoon Sang-Jick told the South China Morning Post on Sunday. “We may have to carry out a rolling blackout… if one single power plant goes out of operation,” Mr Yoon said, appealing to factories, households and shops to curb consumption over the next three days.

The ministry added it would tighten monitoring on shopping malls, which face fines for bringing indoor temperatures below 26 deg C.

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