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Iran breaks electricity use at record high of 62GWh, minister says

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Iran reached an all-time high in electricity consumption at 62 gigawatt hours in peak hours on June 22.

Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian says electricity consumption in the country reached an all-time high of nearly 62 gigawatt hours (GWh) on the first day of summer as authorities struggle to respond to a growing demand for power used for cooling and crypto mining.

Ardakanian said on Wednesday that the electricity consumption recorded on June 22 showed some 6.3% increase compared to the similar day last year.

Iran has enforced sweeping measures to control electricity consumption at government buildings while launching a crackdown on illegal cryptocurrency mining which is believed to be a major cause of rising demand for electricity.

Authorities have managed to prevent a return of blackouts that occurred last month in large cities like Tehran.

Videos and reports published on Tuesday showed the commander of the police force in Tehran General Hossein Rahimi attending an operation to seize nearly 7,000 crypto mining devices that had been working illegally in an abandoned factory in the west of Tehran.

Rahimi told reporters that the computer miners had been responsible for nearly 4% of the entire electricity consumption in Iran.

Struggling to respond to a growing demand for electricity, the Energy Ministry started taking limited supplies of power from Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan earlier this month.

A senior official in the National Iranian Gas Company said on Wednesday that natural gas consumption by power plants in Iran had reached 238 million cubic meters over the past 24 hours.

The figure is equal to nearly a fourth of Iran’s daily natural gas output.

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