Models for Tackling Lebanon’s Electricity Crisis 

The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) cordially invites you to a Webinar entitled “Models for Tackling Lebanon’s Electricity Crisison Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 4:00pm Beirut time.


In Lebanon, the electricity sector’s dysfunction and inefficiency mask deeper political economy challenges, including rampant rent-seeking, captured institutions and a fractured state. Over decades, the mismanagement in Lebanon’s electricity sector has contributed to the draining of public finances and has deprived the Lebanese people of their right to reliable and affordable electricity.


Given the inability of the Lebanese Government to provide reliable and around the clock electricity - which may get worse due to the current economic crisis - most Lebanese households and institutions have relied on high cost and environmentally harmful diesel neighborhood generators to overcome the utility’s blackout hours.  However, some cities and their utilities – notably Électricité de Zahle (EDZ) – have managed to provide a high quality 24/7 service.


In this webinar, different models to overcome Lebanon’s electricity challenges will be examined. From the decentralized model, promoted by concessions such as Électricité de Zahle (EDZ) to the proposed centralized government plan that advocates the expansion of the thermal power generation base. The seminar will also examine the evolving role of renewable energy in both models and its adoption by a number of municipalities.




This event is part of the Anti-Corruption Evidence Research Consortium led by SOAS University of London (SOAS ACE) and funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK Government. Visit this website for more information.


Neil McCulloch,
Director, The Policy Practice




Ali Ahmad 
Senior Fellow, Issam Fares Institute at AUB

Research Scholar, Harvard University 


Muzna Al Masri 
Researcher and Consultant


Hassan Hrajli,
Program Advisor and Project Manager,

UNDP Energy and Environment Programme


Alix Chaplain,
PhD Student,




Eric Verdeil,
CERI-Sciences Po

Jamil Mouawad,

Arab Reform Initiative /
American University of Beirut



Pallavi Roy,
Senior Lecturer in International Economics,

SOAS University of London


 This event will be in English, and will be live-streamed on IFI's Facebook page.

Audio Live Stream

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