‘Power prices out next month’

Tanzanians will be able to know the new electricity tariff rates during the next five weeks, the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (Ewura) has said.

Ewura’s director of economic regulation, Mr Felix Nyamlagosi, told The Citizen on Wednesday that the decision on whether or not the state-owned Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) could be granted a tariff increase as proposed will be reached and announced before the end of this year.

This comes after completion of the task of collecting views from various stakeholders through forums and opinion gathering from the public in general.

“Currently, the views are undergoing an in-depth analysis and announcement of the decision will be made before the end of next month (December),” he said.

Ewura conducted four stakeholders’ meetings to discuss Tanesco’s electricity tariff raise proposals. The first ones were held in Iringa and - concurrently - in Shinyanga on November 15. 

Ewura also conducted a similar meeting in Bagamoyo on November 20 before the last one which was held in Dar es Salaam on November 22.

The state-owned power utility firm seeks to increase tariffs at various rates ranging from 34 to 90 per cent, depending on customer categories ranging from domestic industrial consumers.

Already members of the business community have submitted their proposals objecting Tanesco’s request to increase power tariff on the grounds that it would negatively affect the national economy by fuelling production costs for most of business undertakings.

“We are now analysing the views and submitted reports from stakeholders before sending the report to Tanesco for submission of their defence. We are going to announce the final decision not later than the end of this month,” said Ewura director.

Last week Tanesco bosses defended their position and also received backing from the National Development Corporation (NDC) at the forum organised by Ewura.

Those in support of Tanesco argued the move will enable the power utility to turn around its fortunes and lay necessary infrastructure to effectively serve its clients.

Tanesco’s acting managing director, Mr Felchesmi Mramba, said they made a loss of Sh178 billion last year, a stiff rise from a Sh43 billion the previous year.
Source: The Citizen, reported by Ludger Kasumuni from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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