The coffee shop Hook was without power for much of the day.
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The battle to regulate Lebanon's informal electricity generator sector has entered a new, tricky phase six months after consumer protection measures were introduced by the Economy Ministry, an adviser to the minister said.In October, the Economy Ministry decreed that all generator owners must install consumption meters for their subscribers in a bid to end the practice of charging an expensive flat rate that has been in place since the 1975-90 Lebanese Civil War.Many generator owners initially refused to comply with the new measure. Now, Abdessater said some 70 percent of generator owners across the country had complied.A recent incident in Beirut's Furn al-Shubbak illustrates the problems that can arise if generator owners charge subscribers based on the old flat rate for months that should have been metered.The wife of a prominent generator owner Wednesday in the area cut off the electricity of a building that has refused to pay according to the old rate for several months.
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