Une enquête très intéressante du Daily Star sur le marché gris (illégal mais incontournable) des générateurs d’électricité privés.
Samir won’t reveal his real name or any specific details about the scale of his business even though he provides essential power supply to neighborhoods that go without electricity for up to 12 hours per day. Yet his entire operation is illegal according to Lebanese law, which gives the state-run power company, Electricite Du Liban, a monopoly over power production.
However, the company’s failure to supply adequate power – owing to decades of mismanagement and crumbling infrastructure – has spawned a massive gray market in private generation, employing thousands of individuals and valued at over $1 billion annually according to government estimates.
Lucrative as it may be, the private power market, which serves some 85 percent of the Lebanese population, cannot be tapped by just any entrepreneur. Entering the business means carving out a fiefdom of subscribers, a feat that is often enforced by acts of violence and intimidation.