Electric load up record-breaking 10% from annual average

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AMMAN — As a result of the prevailing cold weather conditions, the power grid reached a load of 3,299 megawatts on Friday night, a record-breaking 10 percent above the typical load for this time of year, said Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) Chairman Ziyad Saaida.اضافة اعلان

In a statement on Sunday, Saaida stated that the EMRC had instructed electricity providers to promptly address any outages or complaints. He emphasized the importance of rationing power through the use of low-cost heating methods.

Many across the Kingdom depend on kerosene as their primary heating method, however, consultant and photovoltaic system expert Ahmed Al-Salaymeh told Jordan News earlier this winter that gas is the least expensive heating method in the Kingdom, according to a study he had conducted.

This is due to the fact that the price of standard gas cylinders used for heating and cooking in homes is subsidized by the government, Salaymeh said.

The expert explained that Jordan is the second most expensive country in the Arab region in terms of fuel and electricity prices after Palestine, attributing the high energy prices to price liberalization measures in recent years and the fixed tax on oil derivatives.

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