Lebanon 24/7

Project Description:

Lebanon’s has not had 24/7 electricity supply for decades now. In fact, power generation falls short of meeting basic demand, leaving the country with acute power shortages. The chronic power shortages undermine the standards of living in Jordan, and hamper its economic growth and competitiveness. The current situation also imposes a great stress the government’s financial resources especially as power generation is highly dependent on oil which is imported at ever-increasing prices. Furthermore, the development of the unregulated private power suppliers business across the country came at a significant cost to the environment, household expenditure, and standards of living.

This situation, although directly impacting the day-to-day life of Lebanon’s 4 million citizens, has never been addressed in the media with the proper level of clarity, and very few actually understand the underlying reasons for the power shortages and the challenges to reform of this sector.

The LebanON 24/7 project examines the root causes of power shortages in Lebanon, including a review of the technical aspect and the institutional structure of the sector. The project also aims at evaluating the Lebanese cabinet reform plan that was recently adopted. LebanON 24/7 is conducted by Carboun’s Lebanon National Coordinator and a team of three Carboun Student Ambassadors.

Published Articles:

Article 1: The Power Sector in Lebanon: From State-Building to a Symbol of Government Weakness

Article 2: Subsidizing Electricity in Lebanon: Burning Oil and Government Resources

Article 3:  Technical Challenges to 24/7 electricity in Lebanon

Article 4: Institutional and Legal Challenges to 24/7 electricity in Lebanon