CAIRO: Ministry of Electricity and Energy Spokesperson Mohammed El-Yamani said on Tuesday that the ministry is asking the private sector to ration energy to help alleviate the expected energy shortage in Egypt this summer, caused by limited petroleum resources, Youm7 reported.
Yamani told Youm7 that Minister of Electricity and Energy Mohamed Shaker held several meetings with hotel owners to urge them to ration their energy consumption, and a prominent hotel group agreed to replace all of its bulbs with energy-saving and efficient LED bulbs.
Businessman Naguib Sawiris also expressed his intention to establish a solar power station to be used to power his factories and companies, and requested legislation to regulate the establishment of such stations, Yamani said.
Engineer Samy Al-Khayaat, the executive director of the City Stars mall in Cairo, said the mall is seeking to reduce its consumption of electricity by 20 percent by replacing existing light bulbs with LED bulbs in 10 of its buildings, reported Youm7.
Khayaat added that the air-conditioning in all buildings of City Stars will be adjusted to 25 degrees to reduce the load on the national grid.
Widespread blackouts are expected this summer with the increased use of air conditioners, as the Egyptian government is facing the worst energy shortage in years.
The government has even set limits for electricity use in mosques, according to Reuters.