Lebanon’s ministries of interior, energy and economy stressed on Tuesday that efforts will be “coordinated” and electricity meters will be installed next year to prevent “fraud” by private generator owners.

In a joint press conference on the recent crisis, Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq said the main goal was to “protect the rights of consumers. Our mission as interior ministry is to back each step made by each of the ministries mainly the economy and energy.”

Economy Minister Raed Khoury said the State is “decisive. We have decided to cooperate with all relevant ministries to implement decisions of the ministry of economy with regard to installing electricity meters to prevent fraud by generator owners.”

Khoury stressed: “We are not running in a confrontation with anyone, our main goal is to implement the law.”

“We are determined to implement decisions taken regarding the crisis. We are dealing with this issue from a legal angle to protect the Lebanese citizen,” Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said.

Private generator owners have threatened to cut their services after a government memo said electricity meters will be installed to follow on energy consumption each subscriber is using.