Liberia Electric Corporation building

Our Origins

The Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) is a public utility created by the Government of the Republic of Liberia.

  • LEC was created in 1973
  • Developed through an act of Legislature with a mandate to produce and supply economic and reliable electric power to the entire nation
  • Simultaneously tasked with maintaining the corporation’s financial viability

Intrinsic in this mandate is the responsibility for improving and expanding the system to meet future growth.

Because of this mandate, LEC obtained the responsibility of:

  • Ensuring that efficient, reliable, and affordable electric power is available
  • Meeting the increasing demand for electric energy in Liberia
  • Serving as a catalyst for socio-economic development

1973 to Late 1989

Liberia’s electricity service was largely limited to the capital of Monrovia and its surrounding area.

  • Around 35,000 customers — almost 13% of the population — served by 1989
  • LEC also handled the electricity supply of rural areas outside Monrovia through 10 small, isolated power systems with a total installed capacity of 13 MW

Liberia Electric Corporation Today

The remainder of Liberia’s electricity infrastructure was almost entirely destroyed during the periods of civil unrest in Liberia.

  • Efforts have been underway since 2006 in order to restore the Monrovia grid, expand the mini-grid, and expand stand-alone power systems in the interior