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Kenya: Energy Regulatory Commission scraps fixed electricity charge

Kenya’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has announced new electricity tariffs, scrapping fixed charges.

ERC said they have scrapped the fixed charge: “To ensure that there’s equity and consumers pay for power only when they consume, all fixed charges for all consumer categories have been removed. This is meant to reduce the many cost items in the customer bills & simplify understanding of the bills.”

According to the Nairobi News, the commission explained that the decision was arrived at after numerous complaints by electricity domestic customers that led to public hearings.

“The overall unit cost of power [will] reduce from Kshs 17.77/KWh in 2017/18 to Kshs 16.64/Kwh 2018/19 representing an overall reduction of costs by 6% over the Tariff Control period,” the ERC statement.

The commission said the new tariff takes effect immediately. Read more: Kenya Power opens ‘Power Clinics’ to enhance customer satisfaction

Revised electricity tariffs

However, media reports that Kenyans are not excited about the newly revised electricity tariffs.

Lawyer Apollo Mboya who is leading a class action lawsuit against Kenya Power said the new tariffs were to delude consumers.

“Removal of fixed charge on electricity bills is to hoodwink the consumers. Fuel & Forex Adjustment Costs are the conduits for fleecing consumers,” Mboya stated.

Mboya who is active on social media, posted the below tweet on his account to inform his followers about the implications of the new tariffs.

Meanwhile,  the commission’s  director general Pavel Oimeke, defended the move and encouraged Kenyans to look out for the difference in their next billing statements.

This is an unfolding story, ESI Africa will keep updating it as new information arises.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.