Electricity use during storm breaks winter record
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Electricity use during storm breaks winter record

14,000 households, 6,000 in Jerusalem, still have no power

The snow-covered rooftops of Jerusalem's Nachlaot neighborhood (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
The snow-covered rooftops of Jerusalem's Nachlaot neighborhood (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Despite the thousands of homes that lost power over the past few days, the Israel Electric Corporation announced that the consumption of electricity Sunday broke the record of winter electricity usage with a whopping 11,570 megawatts.

As of Sunday night, 14,000 households, 6,000 of them in the Jerusalem area, were still cut off from electricity, but power was gradually being restored to a number of homes in the Jerusalem and Safed areas.

“It’s unpleasant to experience problems, certainly for two or three days,” CEO of the Israel Electric Corporation Eli Glickman told Channel 2 TV. “I can assure you that we will spare no effort to reach their houses. No worker will put down his tools until we reach all our customers.”

Glickman also compared the IEC service with the US electric companies, stating that “in the US, the electric company workers don’t begin repairs until after the storm ends. With us, it’s exactly the opposite.”

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