The confusion erupted upon the arrival of the third floating power station to Lebanon last week.
- by Zeina Nasser
- Source: Annahar
BEIRUT: Private generator owners are threatening to plunge Lebanon into a power blackout if negotiations with the government hit a dead end.
The owners and relevant ministries have yet to see eye to eye on the new pricing set by the Minister of Energy, who directed them to install meters to determine the price based on electricity usage.
In response, they demanded the government subsidize diesel fuel to reduce the generator bill.
The Ministry of Energy and Water announced the prices for private generators’ tariffs for July as follows:
338 LL for every rationing hour (5 Amperes)
676 LL (10 Amperes)
301 LL. for every kilowatt hour
For meter subscribers:
Capacity of 5 amperes: 12,000 LL. + Monthly lump sum x 301 L.L. for every kilowatt hour.
Capacity of 10 amperes: 20.000 LL. + Monthly lump sum x 301 L.L. for every kilowatt hour.
Capacity of 15 amperes: 25.000 LL. + Monthly lump sum x 301 L.L. for every kilowatt hour.
* Add 5,000 LL. on the fixed part of the meter pricing for every additional 5 amperes.
This tariff is based on the average price of 20 liters of fuel oil for July, estimated at 19,687 LL.
Power cut reached 332 hours in all Lebanese regions outside Beirut in July, while electricity is currently cut for 4.5 hours a day.
For his part, Governor of the south Mansour Daou announced that private generator owners in Saida and nearby towns will implement the new tariff, stressing that “sit-ins, power cuts and anything that would increase people’s suffering is not allowed.”
Daou added that any objection should be made through legal means only.