Minister Laments Electricity Troubles

Minister Laments Electricity TroublesMinister Laments Electricity Troubles

Iran’s energy minister said on Sunday that less than one-fifth of the electricity expansion costs in both urban and rural areas is paid by subscribers and called for a reform of payments in the power industry. Hamid Chitchian made the statement in a Majlis hearing on Sunday in response to queries from lawmakers on reasons for hiking electricity charges, the subscribers’ share in power infrastructure investments and the ministry’s agenda to curb power wastage in transmission lines, IRNA reported. He stressed that as the ministry receives no budget from the government for expansion of electricity infrastructure, “subscribers should play a bigger role in provision of costs”. Chitchian warned that if the current trend (high costs and low tariffs) persists, Iran’s electricity industry will remain sluggish. Iran ranks first in the Middle East and 14th in the world in terms of power production with an installed capacity of around 75,000 megawatts. The official also said wastage across the national power grid has reduced to 11% from 15% over the past three years.


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