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Electricity tariff will increase by 3.94 seniti per unit in February

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 23/01/2018

The electricity tariff will increase by 3.94 seniti per unit and it will be effective from the February 1st, 2018.The increase will be from 81.20 seniti to 85.14 seniti per unit.

The Electricity Commission approved the new tariff which is largely attributed to the under recover fuel cost of around $2.8 million pa’anga to end this month.

The fuel prices were increased by .179 seniti per litre since June 2017.

Meanwhile, members of the public raised their concerns about the new electricity tariff.

‘Isileli ‘Ata’ata from Nukunuku says he believes the electricity bill should be dropped because of the solar farms in the country.

Saia Lafo’ou from Ngele’ia says he is dissatisfied with the increase.

Meanwhile, Tei Puloka from Hofoa says the increase will be too much for him considering the fact that relies on foreign remittance.

Simi Kuki from Kolofo’ou says he is not surprise with the increase because the prices of goods are increasing as well.

Government still subsidizes 15.14 seniti per unit for the first 100 Kilowatt per hour consumed by all residential customers in Tongatapu, Ha’apai, Vava’u and ‘Eua.

This means the residential customers will only pay 70 seniti per unit in the first 100kWh consumed.

The revised electricity tariff rates approved will apply to all electricity consumers in Tongatapu, Vava’u, Ha’apai and ‘Eua.

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