A general view of the eastern town of Zahle. (The Daily Star/Nassif Seif)
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It didn't take long for owners of electricity generator companies to vehemently reject a plan by Electricite de Zahle to provide areas under its jurisdiction with 24 hours of power.EDZ, founded in the early 1920s, is a private institution that generates and distributes electricity in east Lebanon's Zahle and other areas such as Saadnayel, Barr Elias, Riyaq, Ablah and Taanayel.The owner of the generator company accused EDZ of using the government's utility poles and electricity grids, explaining that this private use of public utilities was illegal.Nakad believes that the claims of the generator owners are baseless and aimed at obstructing the institution's work.Nakad explained that this project would help citizens save money. Instead of paying electricity and generator bills, now they would only have to deal with one. In some areas in the Bekaa Valley, owners charge up to $125 for every 5 amperes.
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