23 June 2008 – Despite savings of some 10MW over the last few months, Namibian’s living in Windhoek will have to brace themselves for tariff increases over the next month as the City Council is expected to decide on price increases when the municipal budget is announced.
Nampower raised tariffs to bulk customers by 18% in April and this is expected to have an influence municipal tariffs.
Speaking to reporters last week, John Kaimu, NamPower marketing and corporate communications manager said the distribution of energy saving light bulbs have reduced consumption. In addition, time of use tariffs to large power users have had a positive effect on consumption levels.
"Large power consumers continue to contribute significantly to the savings by heeding NamPower’s call to reduce consumption.
This is bearing fruit as most industrial customers are shifting operations to the low demand time zones," Kaimu said.
Namibia’s installed capacity is currently 384MW but demand peaked at 450MW more than a year ago. Namibia currently imports electricity mainly from South Africa. Namibia also imports 80MW of electricity from Zimbabwe as part of a US$40 million refurbishment deal of the Hwange power station.