Iran’s First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said that the power outage crisis will continue until the end of July.
In recent weeks, frequent and prolonged power outages in Iranian cities sparked protests in the country, while President Hassan Rouhani apologized to citizens for the outage.
Jahangiri added, on the sidelines of his visit to the National Center for Electricity Grid Management yesterday: “We now consume about 64,000 megawatts of electricity, but our production capacity is about 53,000 megawatts, and we have a deficit of 11,000 to 12,000 megawatts in electricity generation.”
He said that “we will have an electricity crisis until the end of July at the latest,” noting that “according to Articles 127 and 138 of the constitution, the Minister of Energy will be given powers at the next meeting of the government, and he will manage the power outage crisis.”
He emphasized that currently licensed cryptocurrency production centers are not allowed to operate at any time of the day or night.
It is noteworthy that the power outage started last month and caused problems in the daily lives of many citizens in Iran.
Meanwhile, officials cite worsening drought and the widespread entry of agricultural wells, which need electricity, as other reasons for Iran’s recent electricity shortage.
But in December last year, after widespread power outages in many cities, it was announced that the mining of cryptocurrencies and its great pressure on the country’s electricity grid was the main cause of this accident.
This situation prompted residents of different cities in the country to gather in front of electricity offices in the past days, chanting slogans against the Iranian regime’s officials, especially Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Source: Iran Intel