Kenya power withdraws bid to increase electricity bills

Kenyans have been relieved from paying high electricity bills starting next month after Kenya Power and Lightening Company Ltd (KPLC) abandons the bid to increase the bills.

Since 2018, Kenya Power has been campaigning for a five-fold rise in electricity costs.

Kenya Power wanted to raise the monthly consumption rate for usage of less than 100 kilowatts to Ksh12.50 per unit, up from Ksh10.

The fee for consuming more than 100 units was set to climb from Ksh15.80 to Ksh19.53 per unit.

The company stated that it will now concentrate on cost-cutting, reducing electricity theft, and recovering outstanding invoices totaling over Ksh27 billion.

“The shift was spurred by new directors hired last year who proposed cost reductions, sales growth, and a reduction in electricity brought in from generators that does not reach homes and businesses, known as system losses, as alternatives to tariff increases,” said Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter.

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