Keeping the Lights on in Baghdad: An Interview with Harry Istepanian

As Iraq endures the most serious terrorist offensive since 2004, what is certain is that this year a separate fight will continue to improve services, also crucial to the legitimacy of the government. Iraq’s electricity sector today has overcome many challenges since it’s heyday before the onset of hostilities at the start of the 1991 […]

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US Energy Secretary urges Iraq to cut gas imports from Iran.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Baghdad on Tuesday to urge Iraqi energy officials to reduce reliance on Iranian gas to run its power grid. Speaking during a visit by the largest-ever US trade delegation to Iraq, the US Energy Secretary said Baghdad should partner with American companies to become energy independent. Representatives from more […]

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Iraq seeks power revamp to head off sanctions, protests

Iraq’s broken electricity sector is planning a long-awaited overhaul to both meet US pressure to halt Iranian power imports and head off summertime protests over chronic cuts. With a freshman at the helm, the electricity ministry is exploring options including revamping stations and lines to cut waste, importing power, and improving bill collection to boost […]

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