Daily Israel Report

IEC Shuts Down Finance Ministry

Israel's power company says rolling blackouts are on the way in order to stabilize the grid as capacity limits are reached; Treasury dark.
By Gabe Kahn
First Publish: 7/19/2012, 3:44 AM

IEC plant in Hadera (illustrative)
IEC plant in Hadera (illustrative)
Flash 90

The Israel Electric Corporation on Wednesday shut down power to the Ministry of Finance.

Ministry officials told Globes that an IEC representative gave the ministry five minutes warning that its power would be shut off.

According to reports, the ministry went without air conditioners, elevators, computers, or lighting as a result of the shut off.

The move came after IEC officials said projected demand would reach 11,850 megawatts on Wednesday. The full electricity production capacity for the IEC is 11,900 megawatts.

The public has been asked to conserve electricity, and to avoid power-hungry appliances, such as dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, and vacuum cleaners, between noon and 5 pm.

IEC also asked the public to set air conditioners at 25 degrees.

IEC officials are expected to institute rolling blackouts throughout Israel in order to stabalize the power grid.