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Power bills to go down in a month

Antony Mwangi @PeopleDailyKe

The cost of power will beginning next month go down by eight per cent, Kenya Power managing director Ken Tarus (pictured) announced yesterday.

Tarus who was flanked by his Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) counterpart Pavel Oimeke, during a meeting with the Senate Energy Committee, said a multi-agency team has already been set and was in the process of reviewing tariffs with the view of harmonising them.

“The tariff review process is scheduled for completion by end of July 2018 and proposed commencement date is June 1, 2018. Billing is to be done in August 2018 based on July 2018 consumption,” Tarus told the committee.

The two officials said the agencies were working on a coordinated tariff by reducing the domestic tariff to uniform charges on all units as directed by Energy Cabinet secretary Charles Keter.

“The harmonisation will be through by early next month and Kenyans can enjoy the reduced charges,” Tarus told the committee chaired by Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina.

In its efforts to address the complaints raised by users, Oimeke said ERC has removed the “demand charge” for all commercial and industrial (CI) customers and harmonised them in the energy charge.

Oimeke added that the monthly fixed charges for all consumer categories will be removed and harmonised as well into the energy charge.

He added that new lifeline category of consumers with a consumption capacity of up to 15 units and who accounts to small commercial category consumers have been split into two based on consumption.

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