In Summary
  • A multi-agency team is reviewing tariffs with the aim of easing charges for consumers.

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and Kenya Power have announced an eight per cent drop in electricity costs starting next month.

ERC chief executive Pavel Oimeke and Kenya Power managing director Ken Tarus told Parliament that a multi-agency team was reviewing tariffs with the aim of easing charges for consumers.

“The tariff review process is scheduled for completion by end of July and the proposed commencement date is July 1. Billing (new) is to be done in August based on the July consumption,” Mr Oimeke told the Senate Committee on Energy at Parliament buildings in Nairobi yesterday.

Mr Oimeke said Kenya Power and ERC were working on the changes to ensure that future tariffs are predictable and that consumers are not charged for any fixed costs when they do not consume power.

He said that Kenya Power had submitted a tariff review in January that is set to address enhanced customer connectivity, loss reduction, infrastructure development and network maintainance.

“The commission has made a preliminary review of the application and plans for various stakeholder engagement in the month of June and July before making the final determination,” he said.

To address the high cost of electricity, which has led to an outcry, Mr Oimeke told senators that ERC had removed the demand charge for commercial and industrial customers and harmonised them in the energy charge.

He said that monthly fixed charges had been harmonised into one energy charge.

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