Forced blackouts expected due to lack of energy reserves

February 1, 2012 18:01

Due to the lack of production reserves in the electricity sector, Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau said he expects there to be temporary power outages during peak energy usage hours during the remaining winter days.

Landau therefore recommended that the public avoid using gas-guzzling devices – such as dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, electric water boilers and vacuum cleaners – between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., as well as make sure that heaters are down to 22 degrees Celsius. On Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., the country was expected to reach a peak power demand of 11,100 megawatts, which would be provided by a combination of the Israel Electric Corporation as well as private production, the ministry said.

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