ERC are set to implement uniform charges for electricity

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) will implement a new tariff that will have uniform charges for domestic electricity customers, eliminating a subsidy that has for long helped to keep power bills for small consumers low.

The largest domestic power consumers currently pay eight times more compared to low users in a tariff plan where the rich pay steeply for poor homes to enjoy the subsidy.

Low power consumers (using 50 units and below per month) currently pay Ksh2.50 per kilowatt hour (kWh), known as lifeline tariff, which is a long-running government policy tool to cushion the poor from high costs.