Date: 01 June 2024 ، the watch 18:38
News ID: 11312

Electricity consumption increases 11% as temperature begins to rise

Electricity consumption in Iran increased by 11% or 6,000 megawatts (MW) in the previous Iranian calendar week (ended on May 31) compared to a week earlier, the head of Iran's Power Generation, Distribution, and Transmission Company (known as Tavanir) said.

According to Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, the gradual increase in temperature has caused a surge in the use of air conditioning appliances, and consequently, electricity consumption has also begun to increase again, IRIB reported.

In order to meet the electricity demand in the peak summer period, the Iranian Energy Ministry has put several programs on its agenda among which increasing electricity production and managing consumption are the major ones.

The ministry is going to implement a comprehensive program during the summer, based on which low-consuming households are going to be rewarded while the subscribers whose consumption exceeds the normal level will face a penalty.

Over the past decade, constant temperature rises and the significant decrease in rainfalls across Iran have put the country in a hard situation regarding electricity supply during peak consumption periods.
Tavanir has repeatedly announced that the company is implementing a variety of programs for managing the situation and preventing blackouts in the country.
Last week, an official said that Renewable power plants with a total capacity of 13,000 megawatts are under construction in Iran, including a 780-megawatt plant being built in the southeastern Sistan and Balouchestan province.

Alireza Parandeh Motlaq, the deputy head of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization of Iran (SATBA) for technical and engineering affairs, stated that Sistan and Balouchestan is one of the richest provinces in the country in the field of renewable energies and enjoys high capabilities in different sectors including wind energy and geothermal energy.

Currently, there is a 60-megawatt renewable power plant installed in Sistan and Balouchestan province, including a 10-megawatt unit that had been installed in Zahedan region and a 50-megawatt unit constructed in the northern part of the province in recent years.

Parandeh Motlaq pointed to the high advantages of the generation of wind energy in Mil Nader region, the northern part of Sistan and Balouchestan, where a 50-megawatt wind power plant has been installed and is generating 210,000 megawatts/hour of electricity.
He went on to say that the wind energy generated in Sistan and Balouchestan province not only can meet the electricity demand of this southern province, but also there is the possibility of exporting the electricity to neighboring Afghanistan.

Source: Tehran Times