Azerbaijan, Baku, Mar.5/ Trend F.Milad
Iran produced 240.183.9 gig watt hours of electricity from the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year until March 5, 2013.
The figure shows a 5.5 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, the IRIB News Agency reported.
Hydroelectric power plants accounted for 11,687.1 gig watts of the mentioned amount, while the thermal plants' share was about 228,496.8 gig watts.
Iran exported 10.166 gig watt hours of electricity to neighbouring countries from the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20) until February 19.
The amount shows a 30.3 per cent increase in comparison to the same period of the previous year, the IRIB News Agency reported.
Tehran seeks to become a major regional exporter of electricity and has attracted more than $1.1 billion in investments for the construction of three new power plants.
Iran's installed power generation capacity is currently about 67 gig watts (GW).
The Energy Ministry plans to increase the electricity generation capacity by 5GW this calendar year which ends on March 20, 2013.
Last year, Iran exported 8.6 billion kilowatt hours of electricity to its neighbours and the figure is projected to hit 10 billion kilowatt hours, he noted.
By the end of the Fifth Five-Year Economic Development Plan (March 2016), Iran will boost its electricity generation capacity by 25GW to reach 73GW, Namjou said on February 7.
Iran currently trades power with Turkey, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.