IEA praises Iraqi electrical system reform

Last Tuesday (17), the Executive Director of IEA (International Energy Agency), Fatih Birol, praised the Iraqi plans to restructure the electricity system. “I am delighted that the government is moving to implement the difficult but necessary reforms that will help make Iraq’s electricity sector more reliable, safe and accessible,” he said.

Iraq is possessor of great natural resources such as oil, natural gas and sunlight. Despite this, the country goes through a violent crisis in the supply of energy for some time: the growing demand for electricity for refrigeration caused by high temperatures, as well as the low supply of energy due to the lack of infrastructure, makes That much of the population is out of light several times a day.

These causes are also directly related to corruption. Entrepreneurs, politicians and former of energy divered funds destined to the modernization of the electricity grid and appropriated the public money. As a result, in July 2018, Iran interrupted the supply of electricity to Iraq due to late payment of accounts, which generated several demonstrations across the country. Since then, the number of unemployed have grown and corruption has spread further throughout the region.

Still last year, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi suspended the then-Minister of Energy, Qassem al-Fahdawi, but the chaos continued.

In this way, the new Iraqi electricity minister, Luay Al-Khatteeb, recently announced that it will invest in improvements in the electric sector in crisis. Stronger regulation of neighborhood generators and network tariff reform are some of the actions proposed by Al-Khatteeb.

The IEA also suggested through an important report on the energy sector, published April, a practical roadmap containing immediate actions and medium-term measures to tackle the problems of the electrical sector.

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