IEC warns of rolling blackouts ahead of heatwave

Customers are asked to refrain from using heavy appliances during peak hours of noon to 5 p.m.

July 11, 2012 09:04
Electric lines [illustrative photo]

Electricity lines 390. (photo credit: Thinkstock/Imagebank)

The Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) warned Wednesday that Israelis may soon experience rolling blackouts as a mid-summer heat wave increases demand for electricity this week. It called on residents to refrain from using heavy electrical appliances during peak hours in the middle of the day.

If demand for electricity surpasses the supply Israel's power systems is capable of providing, in order to prevent widespread blackouts, the IEC said, it will have to intermittently halt power supplies to localized areas throughout the country.

"Power cuts will last around an hour, they will be localized, and will be spread out among all of the IEC's customers," a statement said, apologizing in advance to its customers for the expected disruptions.

Customers are asked to monitor and minimize electricity use during peak hours of noon to 5 p.m., particularly the use of high-energy appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, electric cooking devices and vacuum cleaners.

The IEC's website includes a list of locations where power outages can be expected:

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