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One of commonly raised question is why does Peninsular Malaysia still need to install nuclear plants despite having high reserve margin.
At present, the peak demand stands at 15,072 MW, as recorded on 25 May 2010. This translates into reserve margin of approximately 40%. The reserve level is not here to stay. With annual load growth and retirement of existing capacity as they reach their economic life, the reserve margin will drop eventually.
The figure below shows the decreasing trend of reserve margin due to increasing demand forecast (assuming no new load is introduced to the system).