Minister of Energy Walid Fayyad laughing and holding an envelope inscribed with the title “Doctor” upon his request (Hussein Beydoun)
Today, Friday, the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water decided to raise the price of private generators, which are not respected in the first place, in light of the overall chaos within the sector, after the tariff in some areas exceeded the threshold of one million pounds for five amps only (the minimum wage was 675 thousand pounds, which was equal to 450 dollars before the crisis. Today it’s barely $70.)
The Ministry of Energy announced, in a statement, that the fair price of tariffs for private electric generators for the month of September is 3.426 per kilowatt-hour.
For subscribers with meters in cities or crowded gatherings, or at an altitude of less than 700 meters, the capacity of 5 amperes is 30,000 Lebanese pounds, in addition to the monthly quota of 3.426 pounds for each kilowatt hour. And the capacity of 10 amperes is 40 thousand pounds, in addition to the mentioned monthly installment.
It also allocated 3.768 Lebanese pounds for each kilowatt hour for subscribers to the meters in villages or distant areas at an altitude of more than 700 meters. Thus, the capacity of 5 amps is 30,000 in addition to the monthly lump sum, and the capacity of 10 amps is 40,000 pounds in addition to the monthly lump-sum. Provided that 15,000 Syrian pounds will be added to the fixed portion of the meter price for each additional 5 amperes.
The Ministry of Energy and Water indicated that this tariff is based on the average price of a 20-liter diesel fuel tank for the month of September, which amounts to 147,000 pounds, after calculating all expenses, benefits and costs of generators, in addition to a good profit margin for its owners. Distribution of the plate from the gas station to the generator,” according to the statement.
Citizens complain about the greed of many generator owners who reap huge profits by taking advantage of the severe crisis in the country, and the state’s failure to perform its role in providing electricity to citizens, which made these people control the sector and people, so that a number of them began to price in US dollars, and the residents are forced to pay. Otherwise, he will cut off their electricity.
Citizens call on the relevant agencies to put an end to the greed of traders and impose strict control, in preparation for holding violators accountable, especially in light of promises by the Ministry of Energy to secure additional feeding hours, whether from Iraqi fuel or from the amount of 100 million dollars that the Council of Ministers commissioned the Minister of Finance to borrow for the necessity of an electricity institution Lebanon is enough for about two months, which must be offset by a reduction in the hours of rationing by the owners of private generators and a reduction in tariffs.
A resident of the Jdeideh area – Al-Matn District (north) told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that “the owner of the generator in the building in which I live raises the price per month, and it has reached one million and one hundred thousand pounds for 5 amps, knowing that his generators remain turned off most of the time under the pretext of the lack of diesel fuel. Or to prevent it from running out, thus preserving the stock as much as possible.
He points out that despite the improvement in the electrical supply somewhat for the Electricity of Lebanon, which provides about 3 to 4 hours and sometimes 6 hours after it barely provided one to two hours, the rationing is still approved by the owners of private generators, as in the past, and also under the pretext of providing diesel. .
In the same context, the owners of tourist establishments and shops invoke the rise in the price of generators and diesel as two main reasons for not reducing the prices of goods, merchandise and foodstuffs, in addition to fluctuations in the exchange rate of the dollar in a way that makes it difficult for them to determine or stabilize the price.
The new government headed by Najib Mikati completed the process of gradual lifting of fuel subsidies, starting with diesel, while keeping small subsidized quantities for some sectors, especially health sectors, while the price of gasoline has become at the price of 14,000 Lebanese pounds. Energy Minister Walid Fayyad has declared frankly that “a few days are away from completely removing fuel subsidies.”