The Kenyan taxpayer and household connected to electricity will be forced to spend more in more in bid to recover the losses made by the power distributor through theft, corruption within its ranks as well as conspiracy with other consumers.
The energy review board ERPA has this month given greenlight Kenya Power more room to bill consumers the additional losses it incurs for electricity bought from generators such as KenGen and external supply as well that does not reach home and businesses, otherwise known as system losses.
Consumers will have to pay an additional Sh1.7 billion each year to KPLC for electricity thefts and leakages from an ageing transmission network.
The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) on Friday August 14th 2020, reviewed consumer tariffs and gave the nod to the power distributor to recover system losses commensurate to 19.9 per cent of power it buys from generators from users, up from 14.9 per cent that had been in effect since 2018.
Energy ministry argues that the regulatory move will significantly inflate the consumer retail prices by Sh0.20 per kilowatt hours (kWh).
This move will see a humongous increase in consumers’ annual payment to the power utility firm by Sh1.77 billion based on the 8.84 billion kWh that homes and businesses consumed in the past year.
Kenya power billing has been a subject of scrutiny as cases of overbilling has incessantly increased in past few Years as some consumers claims the bills are arbitrary and pure rip-off from the power utility. The concerns have attracted traction and led to an online hashtag #SwitchoffKplc to raise awareness about the controversial billing and encourage accountability
The consumers will inevitably have to dig deeper into their pockets therefore in this latest scheme to salvage power losses.