Iran reduces power supplies to industries to minimize blackouts

The Iranian government has decided to significantly reduce electricity supplies to industries as it struggles to minimize power outages in large cities during the current summer heat wave.

Iran’s Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri issued a decree on Tuesday allowing the Energy Ministry to impose a cap on electricity consumption by major industries.

“The Energy Minister is allowed from tonight to prohibit industries from using more than 10% (of their normal consumption) and any breach will with be dealt by the required action,” Jahangiri was quoted as saying by semi-official ILNA news agency.

The remarks were made after Jahangiri paid a visit to a newly-launched national center for electricity dispatching. It came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered his apology to the people for recurrent power cuts seen in cities in recent days.

Iran’s state electricity company Tavanir issued a decree later in the day warning steelmakers and cement factories to reduce their electricity consumption to 10% of their normal usage.