Kenya Power & Lighting Company to Meet with Stakeholders as Firm Reviews Country’s Electricity Prices for the Next 3yrs

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Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC), a limited liability company that transmits, distributes and retails electricity to customers throughout Kenya, will be meeting with its stakeholders this July as the firm reviews its electricity tariffs.

The utility firm, popularly known as Kenya Power, has already submitted an application to Kenya’s Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) – the energy industry’s watchdog – for review and approval of proposed electricity retail tariffs that will be applicable for the next three years.

In light of these developments, the ERC will be conducting national stakeholder consultation workshops with a view of sensitizing the public on the tariff proposals and giving a fair chance of participation to all stakeholders.

The workshops will run from July 2nd to through to July 12th, 2018 across various parts of the country.

The initiative comes just two months after Kenya’s Energy Minister, Charles Keter ordered the Energy Regulatory Commission to review electricity tariffs after consumers complained that monthly bills from Kenya Power had jumped in the second half of 2017.

In late April 2018, Keter, whose Ministry is represented on the board of Kenya Power, told a news conference that the company was ready to be audited.

This came after a group of Kenyan electricity consumers filed a class action lawsuit against Kenya Power in January, saying that their monthly bills had increased by up to three-fold in the second half of last year.

Following these accusations, Kenya Power is set to announce a new formula to calculate electricity bills. The formula is due by the end of August 2018. According to Kenya Power the new system, which explains how the power distributor arrives at the final figure on consumer power bills, is expected to be simpler, replacing a complicated formula currently in use.

The reviewed tariff is also expected to reduce some of the fixed charges and bring down the cost of electricity.

 

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