Residents in many areas of Lebanon experienced a blackout Tuesday after generator owners cut their services in protest against a government decision mandating the installation of meters.
Some owners have refused to install the meters, claiming the new pricing system would prevent them from making an adequate profit.
For the month of October, the Energy Ministry pegged the electricity generator subscription rate at LL439 ($0.29) a kilowatt-hour, based on the average market price of 20 liters of diesel for the month of October which it said was LL20,997 . The ministry said it also took into account costs and allowed for a “good profit” for the owners.
The minister acknowledged that security forces have been summoning derelict generator owners.