10-17-2013, 02:20 PM
For the last year Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his deputy Hussein Shahristani who is in charge of energy policy, and the Electricity Ministry have promised that Iraq would solve its chronic power shortages by the end of 2013. This was met with plenty of criticism, and by the middle of the year even Maliki and Shahristani were saying that the Ministry could not be believed. Then in October it stated that the country was receiving uninterrupted power, and that the national grid had finally met demand. Power usage is down in Iraq as the summer is over, but the long-term outlook for the country being able to meet its growing electricity needs is still dim.