Iran generated 265.96TWh of electricity in the Iranian year ending 20 March 2014, up 4.6% on 254.27TWh the previous year, according to Deputy Energy Minister Houshang Falahatian. Implied average daily consumption of 30.36GW is less than half Iran’s current claimed generating capacity. The ministry estimates peak 2012 summer demand at 38.82GW, suggesting a peak of around 42GW this year.

Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian says Iran’s total generating capacity is now 70GW, up from 69.5GW at end-2013. Mr Chitchian says Iran needs to add 5GW capacity each year – a total of 30GW by the end of President Rohani’s administration in 2018. New capacity is slated to come both through new plants and expansion of existing units. (CONTINUED - 278 WORDS)