File - The Deir Ammar power plant near Tripoli, Monday, April 16, 2012. (The Daily Star/Antoine Amrieh)
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Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian Monday said Lebanon had no option but to raise electricity tariffs if citizens wanted to enjoy 24 hours of electricity.Observers say that even those who were against increasing electricity bills are now convinced that the rates should be revised because the state can no longer sustain such heavy losses.Officials stress that electricity production should reach over 2,500 MW once the new plants become fully operational at the end of this year.EDL warned recently that it might be compelled to increase electricity rationing this summer if the Finance Ministry's allocations fell below the $1.8 billion mark.This would reduce bills by 30 percent or encourage the private sector to become involved in the production and distribution of electricity.
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