Country sweats as power demand nears capacity
Electricity levels remain at alarming "orange" level as heat wave continues.
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As the country dripped with sweat, electricity levels remained at an alarming
“orange” level from morning to evening on Wednesday, with demand very closely
approaching production capacity levels.
As of 10 a.m., the Israel
Electric Corporation warned that production capacity would be about 11,900
megawatts, while expected demand would be 11,800 megawatts during peak hours.
Similar to the company’s recurring requests throughout the ongoing heat wave,
the IEC requested that the public refrain from using energy-intensive machines
until after 5 p.m.
At 1 p.m., the IEC announced that the demand for
electricity was rapidly approaching production capacity, at 11,850 megawatts,
and once again reiterated that customers should reduce their power consumption
immediately and that power cuts could occur from 2- 4 p.m.
officials from the Finance Ministry reported losing power beginning at about 3
p.m., with a warning call only about five minutes before, a ministry
representative told The Jerusalem Post around 3:30 p.m. This had required the
ministry to run the office on generators, the representative
However, about three hours later, the Finance Ministry spokesman’s
office issued a clarification, explaining that, like other organizations, the
ministry had received a warning that outages could possibly occur between 2 p.m.
and 4 p.m. The ministry decided to proactively connect generators, even though a
stoppage in the power supply never actually occurred, the clarification
On the same hot day, the Public Utility Authority (PUA) announced
the end of the registration period for its “Savings Earned” program, a joint
initiative with the Energy and Water Ministry that has attracted 181,000
electricity consumers, representing a scope of over 600,000 residents,
throughout the country.
Customers who signed up for the program, which
encourages conservation from June to September, receive a 10 percent reduction
on their electricity bill for decreasing consumption by between 15% and 20%, and
a 20% reduction for decreasing consumption by between 20% and 30%, the PUA said.