Minister of Energy Nada Boustani has been launching many campaigns to remove the violations on the electricity grid across the Lebanese territory, in order to help reduce theft and losses on the grid for a better distribution of power.
Minister Boustani toured the north of Lebanon, accompanied by Chairman and General Director of Electricity of Lebanon Kamal Hayek, and Advisor to the Minister of Energy Tony Maroni, along with a team from the ministry, in order to oversee her ministry’s crackdown on electricity theft. Her tour included visits to Zgharta, Qadisha, and the Mina region of Tripoli.
After her tour, Boustani spoke about the campaign, stating that it is applied to all Lebanese territory, “and not only where I am available because there is a group from Electricity of Lebanon following the issue […].” She addressed the residents, calling on them to subscribe to a supply of legal electricity in order to benefit from reduced electricity subscription rates.
She concluded, “The plan is ongoing and everyone can see it on the website of the Ministry of Energy, and the first step is to reduce the technical and non-technical waste, which we do today by removing infringements, and soon there will be an increase in production.”
Earlier in May of this year, Minister Boustani announced that electricity subscription rates would be lowered by about 75 percent for three months to encourage people to sign up.
This step was associated with a campaign Boustani launched to reduce electricity theft, including the siphoning of power from the grid, as part of the Ministry of Energy’s plan to reform the sector.
This electricity plan was approved by Cabinet in April, and it stated that 34 percent of the produced electricity is lost via technical and nontechnical impairments, such as theft and grid failures.