Model for tackling Lebanon's electricity crisis - Briefing Paper

Additional Members
Ali Ahmad
Muzna Al-Masri
Hassan Hrajli
Pallavi Roy
Eric Verdeil
Jamil Moawad
Alix Chaplain

On 4 February 2021, the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in collaboration with The Policy Practice (TPP) and the SOAS Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) consortium, hosted a webinar entitled ‘Models for tackling Lebanon’s electricity crisis’. This brought together experts from Lebanon and around the world to explore different strategies to address the country’s electricity challenges: from the decentralised model promoted by concessions such as Électricité de Zahle (EDZ), to the centralised government plan that advocates the expansion of thermal power generation. The discussion also examined the evolving role of
renewable energy in both models and its adoption by a number of municipalities.

This briefing paper summarises the views of the key speakers and discussants. It draws together the key threads of the discussion – identifying the commonalities and the points of disagreement – and provides some tentative suggestions about the way forward for the sector.

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