Iraq’s Draft Electricity Law: What’s Right, What’s Wrong? [Report]


Iraq’s electricity sector has been in crisis since 2003, with citizens still facing long hours of blackouts despite the government’s mammoth spending on electricity over the past 10 years. The sector has underperformed in delivering basic services and imposed huge financial burdens on the federal budget. The shortfall in generation capacity was marred by unprecedented load shedding, excessive losses during transmission and distribution, and massive financial shortfalls. The provision of electricity services is an absolute necessity for the future of the Iraqi economy and improved welfare of its citizens. However, an increasing demand for electricity, fuelled in no small part by large government subsidies, has been accompanied by a budget deficit in the billions of dollars, making the situation even worse.

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Senior Fellow, Iraq Energy Institute | + posts

Harry Istepanian is a PMP certified, independent Chartered Engineer (CEng.) with more than 30 years of experience in large-scale power and water utility and IWPP projects in developing countries, including SE Asia and MENA in addition to New Zealand and Australia.

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Founder & Former Director | + posts

Previously the founding director of Iraq Energy Institute, currently Minister of Electricity – Republic of Iraq, Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy (Columbia University-SIPA) and a former Foreign Policy Fellow at Brookings Institution.

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