For the last twenty-one years Iraq has had a huge power supply problem. Its electricity network was largely destroyed in the 1991 Gulf War, and while it has recovered since the 2003 invasion, the national grid has never been able to meet demand. Usage has exploded since the fall of Saddam Hussein, because of a huge increase in consumer products available in the country. Baghdad has consistently failed to close the gap, and has faced some monumental failures in its attempts to do so. Kurdistan on the other hand, has almost solved the issue, because of better spending and planning. Despite this history, the new Electricity Minister is promising a boost in output in the summer of 2012, and a final solution to the problem in two years time.