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Iran's energy use estimated at dlrs 20 billion annually

Iran's energy consumption has been estimated to top dlrs 20 billion annually or equivalent to 2.6 times the international standards in various sectors, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The Iran Optimal Energy Consumption Organization said here Wednesday that of the figure, 39 percent is used in household, 34 percent in transportation and 26 percent in industrial sectors.

An organization official said the average energy consumption in housing sector is 2.6 times international standards compared to locations with similar climate while at colder climate the figure is four times the world standards for every square meters.

Sorna Sataris said the consumption of households and commercial sectors is dlrs 5.7 billion and dlrs 1.3 billion of kerosene, respectively.

Meanwhile, Minister of Energy Habibollah Bitaraf said here last month that 16 percent of government investments is allocated to water and electricity.

Although Iran is a developing country its electricity growth has measured three times the world average in the past decade, the energy minister added.

In the past decade Iran's electricity consumption has recorded seven percent growth and "it is estimated that it will undergo 8.6 percent annual increase in the next decade."

Bitaraf further said in the next decade the electricity capacity is slated to increase two-fold or equal to increases of 3,000 megawatts of new electricity capacity in the country.

He further said that his ministry has given the priority to development of combined cycle power plants for generation of energy.

Bitaraf said the policy has been adopted with respect to the advantages of combined cycle power plants, including their role in reducing air pollution, optimal consumption of energy and preventing extra consumption of fuel.

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