Authorities call on citizens to reduce energy consumption amid crisis
Cairo witnessing power outage - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Prime Minster Ibrahim Mahlab met with investors in the electricity sector, to discuss a 1,700 MW project through new power plants in the Red Sea governorate, Youm7 reported on Saturday.

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker and Head of the Egyptian Electric Holding Company Gaber Dessouky also attended the meeting, encouraging “fast and creative solutions” for the shortage in energy resources.

The government is currently seeking alternatives to face the ongoing energy crisis and daily power outages across the country.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Electric Utility and Consumer Protection Regulatory Agency’s (EGYPTERA) division for monitoring electricity consumption launched an awareness campaign to save energy, calling on citizens to reduce their consumption.

“The National Energy Control Center announced an excess in the electric load, whichwill require cutting power occasionally, but there are means to avoid doing so, by reducing the number of lamps and disconnecting domestic electronic devices,” EGYPTERA reported in a press statement.

The crisis has been the subject of major controversy, as the government signed off on the decision to import coal as a source of alternative energy, ignoring the warnings of Minister ofEnvironment Lails Iskander, and calls by the Egyptians Against Coal movement, who described the decision as “a major disaster.”

Media had further reported that the energy crisis is not likely to be resolved by this coming summer.

Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar and Rahma Ramadan.

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