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In Egypt, where citizens are dealing with daily power outages that last several hours, subsidies are fueling the country's energy woes.
Poor energy policy, weak infrastructure and rising demand have been blamed for the massive blackouts in India that left hundreds of millions without power.
In Egypt, where citizens are dealing with daily outages that last several hours, energy subsidies are fueling the country's energy woes.
The blackouts can be blamed on conventional causes, such as increasing demand and fuel shortages, both of which Egypt grapples with. For example, energy consumption has skyrocketed, thanks to a 3,000 percent increase in air conditioner use over a 13-year period. About 196,000 air-conditioner units were in Egypt in 1999. Today, there are more than six million, reported Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram. These devices account for 20 percent of total electricity use, according to a spokesman for Egypt's ministry of electricity.
However, rising demand, which has outpaced the population growth rate, has been primarily driven by a subsidy program that keeps prices artificially low, noted Rebel Economy, a post-revolution website founded by Farah Halime, a business reporter who has written for the NYT, WSJ and once covered finance and regional equities for The National.
The government spends two thirds of its annual $25 billion subsidy bill on fuel, with much of those funds used to keep prices low, reported Rebel Economy. Egypt's gasoline prices are among the lowest in the world, which has helped fuel consumption.
Egypt is a large oil producer. However, the country consumes 90 percent domestically, leaving little to export for revenue, reported National Geographic.
Instead of cutting subsidies, Egypt is trying to shift its industries from oil and diesel to cheaper natural gas to solve the problem. Unfortunately, it's putting Egypt into an even deeper hole.
Egypt already relies heavily on natural gas for electricity. Nearly 90 percent of the country's generating capacity is thermal, most of which comes from natural gas turbine and combined cycle plants, according to the Ministry of Electricity and Energy 2010-2011 annual report.
The upshot? Shortages in the summer months when demand outpaces supply.
Rising demand now threatens Egypt's ability to meet export contracts, a failure that some conclude led to the demise of the so-called peace pipeline deal with Israel.
Photo: Cairo traffic from Flickr user Gigi Ibrahim, CC 2.0
Aug 8, 2012
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This is all Foretold in the Bible Read it and may our Lord Bless all that do so. The Lordâs Little Helper Paul Felix Schott email@example.com KI4-AEX P.S. 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the Earth and its works will be burned up. GOD Bless You and Your Love ones Give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ every day. Read Matthew 24: 30-33 Earth is at its Limits MANY OF US IN THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN SAYING SOME OF THIS FOR YEARS The United Nations is now taking a serious look into "Earth's Limits" Earth will very soon be at its Limits of no return for many things including all life on Earth. If we keep going at this rate we will not have another 20 years to go back to Rio De Janeiro to play. Most all in the Scientific Community said this 20 years ago at the last time Leaders set up this meeting in Rio De Janeiro. Of course on the Tax payers money, and of course they said about the same thing again we need to do something! There is enough Energy from our Sun to Power all are needs on Earth and more. The richest on Earth are doing just that Building Solar Power Plants at a record pace. Solar Energy The Fastest growing energy on Earth. Albert Einstein 100 years ago showed the World it could get Free Energy, Electric from the SUN. (THE PHOTOVOLTAIC EFFECT).
Oooops, not success. Failure. Every time. Ultimately, it always ends up like this. And when it does, the government has to choose between perpetual shortages or raising rates which results in the kind of economic and social unrest that is worse than that which the subsidies were supposed to prevent in the first place. When will people learn?