Iranian energy minister: Consumption should fall by 5 percent to prevent blackouts
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.10/ Trend F.Milad/
In order to prevent blackouts in summer, people should save 5 percent in electricity consumption, said the Iranian deputy energy minister.
Mohammad Behzad added that electricity consumption reaches around 2500 megawatts per day in peak hours of summer days, the ISNA News Agency reported.
Behzad said in April that the energy ministry will roll out power projects that will increase Iran's electricity generation capacity by 5 GW this calendar year.
He added that over 10 GW should be added to the generation capacity of hydroelectric and thermal power plants by August 2013, the last month of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administration, the Fars News Agency reported.
Iran's nominal electricity generation capacity stands at 63 around GW, ranking the country at the 15th place in the world, an official with Iran Power Generation Transmission and Distribution Management Company (TAVANIR) stated.
"Iran is the top electricity producer in the Middle East, as well," Abdorrasoul Pishahang told the IRNA News Agency.
By the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (2015), Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25GW to reach 73GW, Energy Minister Majid Namjou said on February 7.