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Power cuts start and prices go through the roof while electricity consumption breaks a record 23-08-2010

Power cuts start and prices go through the roof while electricity consumption breaks a record

Electricity consumption boomed due to extremely high air temperatures. Air conditioners, which are continuously in operation as a result of the air temperatures above seasonal normal, increased daily electricity consumption to 700 million kWh. Upon this abnormal increase, the Energy Management put power cuts into effect. Thus, a power cut was made for the first time after a long break. The power cuts made yesterday were applied mostly in rural areas. In parallel with the increasing consumption, unit prices went through the roof and the price of 1 kilowatt hour increased to 42 kurus. Hot air made electricity consumption break a record. Having increased to 670 million kWh previous day, consumption raised to 695 million kWh yesterday. According to the information Zaman Newspaper obtained from the sources of the Ministry of Energy, installed power use exceeded 33.000 megawatt (MW) due to the hot air. So, the Energy Management implemented a power cut of 1400 MW starting from rural areas. It is stated that power cuts shall continue if air temperatures last.
Hot air consumed the water of small dams as well. Rains of the last months had filled dams. On the other hand, in some of the small dams, dam shutters had been opened and water had been discharged for the purpose of preventing dangers. However, electricity production has been increased due to the hot air of the last days and it has given rise to a decrease in the level of the dam water. Officers informed that some of the small dams had run off but there was not any problem in big dams. Electricity consumption, which decreased as a result of the economic recession, made unit prices go below 10 kurus in the free market (PMUM). However, the recent increase in electricity consumption has led to an increase in electricity demand. The unit price increased to 42 kurus especially in the hours when the consumption is intense and broke a record. Zaman / Ekonomi / 18.08.2010

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