Electricity Bills Jump

100 percent increases in electricity charges are being received by Iraqis in an attempt to reduce power cuts.

Demand has risen since the 2003, but the national grid still only supplies a few hours of electricity a day. The Electricity Ministry announced that it would send invoices on June 1 for the previous two months based on a new scale by which the price increases based on usage.

"The price will be cumulative, so in order to avoid a high bill the consumer should decrease his consumption," said Deputy Electricity Minister Raad al-Haris.

The price has doubled from 10 to 20 Iraqi dinars per kilowatt/hour for the first 1000 kWh, or to the equivalent of less than $0.02.

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