Electricity Wastage Blamed on Worn Equipment

Electricity Wastage Blamed  on Worn EquipmentElectricity Wastage Blamed  on Worn Equipment

More than 20 percent of electricity goes to waste in the national grid because of dilapidated equipment, managing director of Iran Power Generation and Transmission Company (Tavanir) said, ISNA reported.

“Infrastructure of the national electricity grid is outdated and of low quality,” Homayoun Haeri said. “Upgrading the equipment requires funds, but financial resources are limited.”

He underlined technical shortcomings and social problems as reasons for electricity wastage.

Flawed design of power grids and mismanagement in distribution companies are other reasons for electricity wastage. Part of revenues of the industry depends on reading electricity meters. However, revenues go to waste when meter readers fail to identify resources of illegal electricity use.

The energy ministry has plans to reduce electricity wastage to less than 10 percent by increasing production capacity and implementing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems.

AMI are systems that measure, collect, and analyze energy usage, and communicate with metering devices such as electricity meters, gas meters, heat meters, and water meters.

Earlier this year, Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian said approximately 25 percent of the generated electricity is squandered before reaching the consumer; five percent of this amount goes for the power plants’ internal consumption, five percent is wasted within the transportation network, and 15 percent in distribution networks.