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Cost of electricity to reduce in two phases, Kenyatta

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Cost of electricity to reduce in two phases, Kenyatta

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The high cost of electricity in Kenya will reduce in two phases after President Kenyatta pledges to cut it by 30 percent.

While addressing the nation during the 58th commemoration of self-rule at the historic Uhuru Garden Grounds, Kenyatta said that the reduction will be done in two phases, beginning December 2021.

The pronouncement, therefore, means that Kenyans will have to wait until the end of the first quarter of the new year to fully benefit from this pledge.

According to the Head of State, the first phase targets to reduce the cost of electricity by 15 percent and will be achieved through addressing commercial losses at the electricity provider, Kenya Power, and Lighting Company.

However, the second phase will involve a multi-agency approach to reduce power bills. President Kenyatta said that the Ministry of Energy has begun engagements with Independent Power Producers to renegotiate power purchase agreements to give better value for money to electricity consumers.

The pledge by the Head of State comes against the backdrop of a review that revealed the cost of pre-paid electricity to have skyrocketed by 33 percent between June and December.

The high cost of electricity in the country is attributed to the unfavorable Power Purchase Agreement (PPAs) that KPLC has entered with Independent Power Producers (IPPs), leaving consumers and the company to bear the cost.

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