(Last Updated On: June 10, 2014)
Starting July, electricity tariffs in Kenya will be raised as part of the second phase of the billing structure that was done by the energy sector regulator. This will obviously cause the rise of other items.
Here is the breakdown of how your electricity monthly bill will be raised by Kenya Power
1. Households consuming 200 kilowatt hours (kWh) – Their bill will go up from around sh4,712 to sh4,302. This is a 10% rise in bill
2. Commercial business consuming 15,000 kWh – Prices will go up from sh12 per kWh to sh14
3. Fixed charge for domestic users will go up from sh120 to sh150.
4. Energy charge for domestic users will go from sh11.62 per kWh to sh13.68
Last year Kenyans were promised lower electricity charges due to 140 megawatts of geothermal power that should be coming into the grid. There has been a delay in completion of the Naivasha based plant hence the geothermal power is not available.
Transport and electricity are two of the key factors that drive inflation up or down since they are involved in majority of the goods and services produced. Keeping power cheap will keep inflation down and decrease poverty in the country.
280 megawatts of power has been planned to be added into the national grid and eliminate the fuel cost burden in all the electricity bills.