Iran’s power consumption sees steep rise
Tehran, Iran, June 12
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Power consumption in Iran witnessed a steep rise of 8.572 gigawatts (GW) over the past 24 hours compared to the same day last year, the Ministry of Energy announced June 12.
This increment caused the overall power consumption for the day to stand at 49.339 GW.
Despite having increased its power generation capacity by more than 2.5 GW since March 21, 2016 (when last Iranian fiscal year started), Iran may face 4 GW power deficit this summer.
Iran increased nominal power generation capacity by 2.324 GW in the last fiscal year and added 275 megawatts (MW) again in the first two months of the current fiscal year.
Currently, the nominal power generation capacity stands at 76.837 GW.
Iran plans to add 4.244 GW more to its nominal power generation capacity by March 2018.
This summer is expected to be 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer than last summer, so power consumption is sure to rise.
Despite nearly 77 GW of nominal power generation capacity, Iran’s actual net power generation (excluding 10 percent power loses in grid) level is maximum 54 GW, while the demand is expected to reach 58 GW.