Critics have accused the Energy Ministry of exaggerating the threat of last Friday’s potential power shortage.
Witoon Permpongsacharoen, director of Mekong Energy and Ecology Network (MEE Net), said ministry officials should tell the truth behind the power shortage story because it caused panic and confusion for the public.
The threat of blackouts was not convincing, Mr Witoon said. “We had information that the country still had enough energy left.”
Mr Witoon said many people are now questioning the ministry’s report about the power supply shortage.
Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal in February warned Thailand could face a power supply crisis in April. Later, the government suggested Friday would be the most likely day for a power shortage.
But Mr Pongsak later said the government was working on a plan to deal with the imminent power shortage attributed to the expected disruption of natural gas supplies from Myanmar.