The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has announced that households consuming a maximum of 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) would pay reduced charges of Sh10 per unit from Sh12 per Kilowatt-hour, after increasing the lifeline (subsidy) threshold to 100 units from 10 units announced in July.
The new tariffs which cut across all categories will see small Commercial Category of consumers who consume less than 100 Kilowatt-hours also pay a reduced amount as well from the current Sh15.60 per kilowatt-hour to Sh10 .0 per Kilowatt-hour.
‘’This will positively affect over 67.30 per cent of small commercial customers who will enjoy a 31 per cent decline their bills as compared to the bill received in the month of October.’’ The regulator said.
Adding that the new tariffs come into effect after the commission had taken into consideration the economic and financial policy aspects of the electricity power threshold of 50 kWh to 10 kWh and had removed the fixed charges for all customer categories.
The news comes on the backdrop of an ever-growing demand for power, with the country expected to tap more into renewable energy from Geothermal and wind in an effort to reduce over-reliance on hydro and diesel.
Kenya Power and Lighting Company was expected to effect the new tariff staring 1st November 2018 a, move that saw the power supplier shut all payment methods for hours.