Stable electricity system in three years
Electricity production in Kurdistan Region reached a record-breaking level of 3,100 MW, which is the first time in the lifetime of the Ministry of Electricity of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
Although experts argue that this amount of electricity should be enough to lit the whole region, this is still not a reality, which is mainly believed to be due to huge amount of electricity waste by all types of consumers throughout the region.
When people talk about misuse or waste of electricity, they immediately talk about heating and cooling devices, which definitely consume a lot of power; but if one counts these devises as necessary, then there are other sources of waste by many unnecessary devices such as keeping lights open during daytime or in unused rooms.
All this waste leads to continuous increase in consumption, which is forcing the KRG to think of increasing production every year.
KRG has signed several agreements with a number of investment companies to establish new power plants or boost the capacity of existing plants in all three provinces of the Region. Many projects are currently under implemen- tation and are expected to add to the power production capacity of Kurdistan in the near future, by which the ministry will be able to supply 24 hours of electricity to the entire region’s population.
Electricity authorities urge people to save electricity consumption through simple ways such as turning lights on only when and where necessary.
They believe that doing so would not only reduce consumption but also reduce load on the power distribution networks, which are already very old and sometimes cause interruption of power supply, something which harms the people themselves.
Lack of awareness
and low prices
Experts argue that one of the factors behind the misuse of electricity in Kurdistan is lack of the people’s awareness and the low prices of electricity.
The Ministry has thought of revising the pricing of electricity in a way that can create a balance between consumption and cost of production.
Diar Baban, Director of Electricity Control and Production at the ministry, however, says the decision to increase prices is not in the hands of the ministry, but rather it should come from the ministerial council, and it may also call for a discussion and voting by the parliament.
According to Baban, his ministry has submitted several requested to the ministerial council for increasing electricity prices, with no results to date.
Ministry’s authorities also suggest that electricity saving guidelines and awareness raising issues be studied at the schools to impact students and eventually their families.
Increasing demand in summer and Ramadan
Since the beginning of the hot season and Ramadan the power consumption has dramatically increased in all parts of Kurdistan.
Engineer Omed Ahmed, Director of Region’s Pow- er Control, says since the beginning of Ramadan consumption has increased by 150 to 200 MW in each province.
“Anywhere in the world, the load on power stations cannot change by more than 6 to 7%, while the load on our power stations has passed 15%,” Ahmed told the Kurdish Globe.
Stabilizing power system
Information available at the electricity ministry suggests that by 2016 Kurdistan Region would be producing 6,000 MW, and will also have a more stable electricity production and distribution system. Another plan is to connect Kurdistan electricity networks to that of other countries.
A view of the Erbil Gas Power Station.