Ethiopia starts rationing electricity for homes and industries

Ethiopia starts rationing electricity for homes and industries

ADDIS ABABA (Rahnuma):  Ethiopia has started to ration electricity for domestic and industrial customers after a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams led to a production deficit, the minister for water and electricity, Seleshi Bekele, said on Friday.

The drop in water levels at the country’s Gibe 3 dam had led to a deficit of 476 megawatts, Seleshi told a news conference, more than a third of the country’s electricity generation of 1,400 MW.

Ethiopia has also suspended electricity exports to neighboring Djibouti and Sudan, which earns the country $180 million a year, the minister said.

Under the rationing program, which runs until July, domestic consumers will face blackouts for several hours each day, while cement and steel firms will have to operate fewer shifts due to the cuts, Seleshi said.

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