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Kenya households witnessing rising electricity bills

Despite promises from the government, the power is becoming expensive for the homes and businesses. The spikes in the monthly electricity prices are continuous and it is putting pressure on the budgets of the residents and businesses.


Devdiscourse News Desk Kenya
Updated: 02-04-2018 16:57 IST
Kenya households witnessing rising electricity bills

Over the past year, the Kenyan consumers have seen the 20 percent increase in the power bills, according to a data by KNBS  

Despite promises from the government, the power is becoming expensive for the homes and businesses. The spikes in the monthly electricity prices are continuous and it is putting pressure on the budgets of the residents and businesses.

There was a hike of five percent in the electricity bills of homes, which consumes 200 units per month. Among basic household items, this is one of the fastest monthly growth.

The power bills for the lower range power users also increased and crossed Sh700 mark for the first time. The increase is five percent among this segment.

According to Kenya National Bureau Statistics (KNBS), the consumers that consume 50 units of electricity per month, (low-income earners) has also paid higher than the previous month.

One of the reasons for the increase in the electricity bills is the decrease in the hydropower production which led the country to increase the uptake of diesel-generated power.

Over the past year, the Kenyan consumers have seen the 20 percent increase in the power bills, according to a data by KNBS

Following the months of steady increments, the power bills have been increasing in the recent past.

Power bills have recently been hitting new highs following months of steady increments.

From 2015, Kenya has been observing the decrease in the power tariff due to the addition of 280 megawatt of geothermal energy during 2014, but due to the increase in the thermal energy prices and poor weathers reduces the output of hydropower plants, the bills are again on the rise.

COUNTRY : Kenya

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