Reza Ardakanian, in front of the parliament today, mentioned the increase in temperature and mining as the two main reasons for the recent blackouts, but the MPs were not satisfied with the explanations of the Minister of Energy.
According to Arzdigital and quoted by ISNA, Hojjatoleslam Alireza Salimi, a member of the Presidium of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, said in response to Ardakanian’s remarks:
The total electricity consumption of Ramzarz in the world is 30,000 MW, and Iran’s share is between 4 to 5%, ie 1,500 MW, which can also be managed. Of course, the president has said that the production of cryptocurrencies should be stopped for now. Iran consumes only 600 megawatts of electricity to produce ciphers. Why do you blame everything but your management for the problems in this area and the power outage?
Mohammad Reza Poorabrahimi, head of the Economic Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, also referred to the overdue claims of private power plants:
26,000 billion tomans are overdue receivables of private power plants, all of which have been damaged and it is not possible for them to continue their activities in the country’s economy. Is it possible to expect private sector investment in this field with this infrastructure?
The head of the Economic Commission of the Islamic Consultative Assembly explained about digital currencies and the amount of electricity they consume:
Last week, this issue was put on the agenda of the Economic Commission, which according to the official report of the Central Bank, the total amount of electricity consumption for licensed miners in the country is about 300 MW, and the same amount is the consumption of unauthorized miners. Up to 600 MW; But the minister has hidden himself behind this issue.
Zare, a representative of the people of Abadeh, also stated:
On the other hand, we are witnessing the use of miners to extract cryptocurrencies in closed industries, which should be systematized. Due to the shortage of water, we will definitely face the problem of electricity supply in winter. Unfortunately, only 17% of the resources of the Ministry of Energy have been allocated.
The representative of the people of Abadeh in the Islamic Consultative Assembly stated:
Credit has not been allocated for this area in accordance with the job description. Systematizing the production of cryptocurrencies using miners is one of the issues that the Islamic Consultative Assembly must enter into. Due to the decrease in rainfall, we will also face the current situation in winter, and certain planning must be done to supply electricity. We now face power outages for about four hours in cold regions.