June 14, 2021
Iran is set to increase electricity imports from Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkmenistan to offset shortages that have led to blackouts in major cities, the spokesman of the electricity industry said Sunday.
Mostafa Rajabi-Mashhadi said the only way to deal with increasing blackouts is to buy more electricity from neighboring countries and end exports. Iran supplies electricity to Iraq.
Rolling power cuts started in mid-May as the weather got warmer and the use of cooling systems increased. Temperatures in most of Iran were higher than 80 F in June and surpassing 100F in the south. Drought also has reduced hydroelectric power generation this year.
Estimates say that 19,000 megawatts of power is used daily for cooling systems in the summer months in Iran, while total consumption reaches as high as 55,000. The opposite also occurs in winter as electricity is used by many for heating.
Abnormally cheap electricity subsidized by the government also contributes to high usageand lack of incentive for savings. Expansion of power generation capacity has also failed to keep pace with increasing demand.