EghtesadOnline: Iran Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission Company (Tavanir) has ordered steel and cement production factories to reduce electricity consumption by 10%, otherwise their power supply will be cut.
"The measure is in line with plans to alleviate the worsening power shortages facing the country … Steel and cement producers are recommended to halt their activities for 2-3 weeks and use the time for the repair and maintenance of equipment," Mostafa Rajabi Mashhadi, Tavanir's spokesman, was quoted as saying by Fars News Agency.
Iran’s electricity consumption reached an unprecedented record of 64,046 megawatts on Tuesday, the highest since keeping records started nearly a century ago.
The new figure (64,046 MW) shows a 19% growth (10,000 MW) compared with the same time and day of a year ago.
Electricity consumption on June 20 surpassed 62,000 MW.
The new record comes as high temperatures nationwide has driven electricity consumption to new heights.
The manufacturing of steel and related products is an energy-intensive process.