Kenya: ERC Scraps Electricity Standing Charge, Reduces Power Tariffs

Electricity consumers queue to pay their bills at the Kenya Power offices in Nakuru town.

Nairobi — Kenya Power customers will pay less for electricity after the Energy Regulatory Commission this morning announced new electricity tariffs and the scrapping of standing charges.

The new tariff cuts the cost of electricity from 17 shillings and 77 cents per kilowatt hour to 16 shillings and 64 cents per kilowatt, an overall reduction of 6 percent.

Low-income households, who constitute 3.6 million Kenya Power customers, are the biggest beneficiaries getting a 36 per cent reduction of their power cost.

Commercial and Industrial customers get a reduction of 4.4 percent in addition to the 50 percent discount in the off-peal tariffs and the proposed Special Economic Zone tariff.

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