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Tajikistan: Power Rationing May Be Scrapped, But at What Cost?

Tajikistan’s president has hinted that the system of electricity rationing imposed annually over the winter months may be scrapped this year.

For the past 15 years or so, Tajikistan’s state power company has strictly limited the amount of electricity it has made available to households in many non-urban areas. Some localities have in recent years received about 10 hours or electricity daily — the amount can drop to as little as three hours in many places.

But speaking to a gathering of business community representatives on October 14, Rahmon said that if everybody pulls their weight and the private sector does its best not to waste resources, the amount of electricity generated would be enough to go around for everybody. His audience got to their feet and burst into applause at this passage of the president’s speech.

But there is a mystery here. No new power stations have gone online over the past year, so where is all this electricity going to come from?

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Tajikistan: Power Rationing May Be Scrapped, But at What Cost?

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