A smart meter is set with other old style electricity meters in a building in downtown Beirut, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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A local row between generator owners in a Mount Lebanon town has led to a price war and a struggle for power, residents of the area have told The Daily Star.Posters festooning the locality advertise monthly fees for unlimited power generator consumption for six months at just LL 10,000 ($6.70). This is significantly below market rates in many areas and the government's – albeit rarely followed – recommended generator rates for July this year of LL202 ($0.13) per hour of generator use for 5 amperes. With a monthly average of 253 hours of power cuts across the country, according to the monthly Energy Ministry generator price advisory, a recommended monthly bill would come to LL 51,106 ($33.92).
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