Syrian, Lebanese, and Jordanian officials have moved one step further towards implementing an electricity supply deal after signing an agreement in Beirut last week. Following the meeting, new details regarding the World Bank's potential role in financing the deal and the pricing of Jordan's exported energy were disclosed.
Electricity companies in the opposition-held parts of the Idlib and Aleppo governorates have recently increased their fees for each kilowatt-hour by 40 to 50 percent in Idlib and 160 to 280 percent in Aleppo, further escalating protests that have proliferated as a result of the region's worsening economic crisis and the recent collapse of the Turkish lira.
The Ministry of Electricity has recently announced that electricity will be heavily rationed ahead of the winter season given that local production remains a fraction of demand. Meanwhile, the government plans to activate a new service this month that would allow businesses to avoid rationing electricity altogether in return for paying extremely high fees.
The Syrian government has reported Emirati and Chinese interest in its project to incentivise investments in wind and solar energy as it seeks to increase the share of renewable energy sources in its energy mix in the long term, although funding remains a challenge. 

Iran’s MAPNA Group will repair and restore two of the five turbines at the Aleppo thermal power plant, according to state media reports. The EUR-124-million contract, signed with the government late last year, was widely covered in local media, but the contractor was not previously confirmed.


The Ministry of Electricity has decided to cut overnight power supplies to Syria's main industrial cities twice per week until the end of February, in a new sign of the severity of the electricity shortages affecting the country. The cities, which comprise the backbone of Syria’s industrial sector, had previously been exempted from power rationing.