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Iranians Must Cut Power Use, Avoid Blackouts, Tehran Times Says

June 11 (Bloomberg) -- Iranians must reduce electricity consumption by some five percent to prevent blackouts in summer months, Tehran Times reported, citing the Iranian deputy energy minister Mohammad Behzad.

Electricity consumption is as high as 2,500 megawatts per day in peak hours on summer days, Behzad said.

Iran plans to complete projects that will boost the country’s electricity generation capacity by five gigawatts this Iranian year ending late March 20, 2013, Behzad said in April, according to the newspaper.

Iran has plans to boost its power generation capacity by 25 gigawatts to 73 by the end of 2015, Energy Minister Majid Namjou said in February, according to today’s report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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