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Information on the Electricity Authority of Cyprus

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The Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) (Greek: Αρχή Ηλεκτρισμού Κύπρου (ΑΗΚ)) was founded in 1952 by the British colonial government. The 28 private electricity companies of the time were nationalized and absorbed into the EAC. The Authority never received any subsidies from the government as these have always been prohibited by law. Its head office is located in Strovolos. The EAC currently holds a near monopoly on electricity generation in Cyprus.

It operates through three power stations with a total capacity of 1460MW:

Dhekelia Power Station - 460MW

Moni Power Station - 140MW + 125MW in storage and set for disassembly

Vasilikos Power Station - 860MW

The company also distributes electricity produced by five privately held windfarms:

Orites - 82MW

Santa Anna - 20MW

Alexigros - 31.5MW

Koshi - 10.8MW

Aeolian - 10.8MW

Additionally, individuals and private companies own more than 50MW of solar panels and almost 10MW of biofuel installations and the EAC distributes the electricity these produce too.

In 2014, the EAC generated a total of 4,013GWh of electricity consuming 916,903 tonnes of fuel costing €446,975,000. Maximum demand in the areas controlled by the Republic of Cyprus reached 871MW, rising to 958MW in 2015. A total of 5.9GWh of the produced electricity in 2014 valued €1,001,000 ended up in the area occupied by Turkey and no money could be collected for it.

The Authority served 554,574 customers in 2014, that is 260 per employee, up from 254 in 2013. The electricity sales per employee reached 1.83GWh, up from 1.80GWh in 2013.

Company investments in 2014 on its assets reached €39,983,000.

On 11 July 2011, a total of 98 containers of munitions stored at Evangelos Florakis Naval Base adjacent to Vasilikos Power Station exploded causing extensive damage to the station. To cope with the extended loss of its largest power station, the Authority had to impose rolling blackouts. In 2010, the maximum demand had reached 1,144MW, the highest ever, and an even higher one was expected in 2011.

As a precondition to the accession of Cyprus to the European Union, the local market for electricity generation has been opened to private companies, but so far no private power plants have been built, although four licenses have been granted by Cyprus Energy Regulation Authority. In the meanwhile, the EAC diversified into communication and cable television services in cooperation with a private company.

Source Wikipedia

The Electricity Authority of Cyprus website gives valuable information on a variety of subjects to include reporting faults, bill payments, online services, meter reading and job opportunities.

The all important telephone number, 1800, is the Central Fault Reporting telephone number to call.

Fault reporting regarding street lighting, or trees touching power lines and need pruning, may be made here

You may pay your bill online, using the Online Bill Payments Service here

You may send your meter reading electronically, see here

You may view the various Electricity Authority Of Cyprus tariffs here

There are some useful energy saving tips here

The most frequently asked questions may be viewed here

More information on the Electricity Authority of Cyprus, may be found on their website here

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Last Updated 25 October 2016

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