Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Iraq *STILL* underpowered.

I was reviewing the latest quarterly report on Iraqi reconstruction, and found the following snippet that I hadn't seen reported anywhere.

This quarter, the average daily power generation on the grid was 3,832 MW, which is
below reported pre-war levels (4,500 MW).

It's also still below the initial U.S. reconstruction goal for Iraq, which was 6,750 megawatts by the summer of 2004, and the revised goal of 6,000 megawatts by June 2004.

The good news is that the new numbers are a full 66 megawatts higher than the figures for electricity production in January, 2004. And to think it only took a few billion dollars to get there...

So, what's 66 megawatts? That's 66 million watts, or enough to power about 1800 U.S. homes. Currently, the most efficient 2.5 MW generators weigh in at about 350 lbs... so we've advanced about 25 of those over the past two years.

Ironically, 66 megawatts per hour is approximately the same amount of power that's generated every year by the approximately 25,000 participants of the Burning Man festival. Obviously, the answer is to move Burning Man to Iraq. Would anyone really notice the difference?

The truely wacky thing is that their report basically says that pretty much all the money has been spent, but that the longterm goal is to achieve 18,000 megawatts by 2010, which will be needed to meet a peak demand of nearly 15,000 MW.

Na ganna happen.

The Iraqis are soooo screwed, but at least the Iranians have a good market to sell into. Maybe they can even import Iraqi oil, burn it, and sell the electricity back to the Iraqis at a premium... suitable revenge, perhaps, for Saddam's invasion of their country. And given how overtaxed the Iraqi electricity grid is, I'm sure they could even find ways to play interesting undersupply/oversupply games in the process!

They could be Iraq's answer to Enron, if they wanted to be... stickin' it to poor ol' Grandma Melek.

(Please note the particularly dark and bitter humor here, as only a Californian who went through the California Electricity Crisis could adequately express.)

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