Iran plans to import 500MW of electricity to address summer energy needs

(MENAFN) Iran is gearing up to tackle the anticipated surge in electricity demand during the peak summer months by implementing a multifaceted strategy. According to Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, the Iranian energy Ministry's Spokesman for the electricity sector, the country plans to import 500 megawatts (MW) of electricity from neighboring Armenia and Turkmenistan. This measure is part of a broader effort to ensure a stable and reliable electricity supply throughout the summer. Rajabi Mashhadi emphasized this approach during a press conference on Wednesday, highlighting that importing electricity is just one aspect of a comprehensive plan designed to maintain a consistent power supply amid rising consumption.

In addition to importing electricity, Iran has made significant strides in expanding its power generation capacity. Rajabi Mashhadi announced that the nation has increased its power plant capacity by 9,000 MW through the collaborative efforts of both private and public sectors. This substantial boost in capacity is intended to help meet the growing electricity demands, particularly during periods of peak consumption.

Recent data from the Iran Grid Management Company (IGMC) underscores the urgency of these measures. On Monday, June 10, daily electricity consumption in Iran soared to 69,370 MW, marking a 7,000 MW increase compared to the same date the previous year. This sharp rise in electricity use is attributed to the gradual increase in temperatures, which has led to a higher demand for air conditioning and cooling appliances. For context, on the same day last year, the country’s electricity consumption was recorded at 61,300 MW.

To address these challenges, the Iranian Energy Ministry has outlined several key programs aimed at managing and meeting the electricity demand during the summer peak. These initiatives include not only increasing electricity production but also implementing strategies to manage consumption effectively. The ministry's comprehensive plan is geared towards ensuring that the nation's electricity grid can cope with the heightened demand, thereby preventing potential outages and maintaining a stable power supply for all consumers.



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