Energy taskforce formed to oversee reduction of electricity tariffs

Energy taskforce formed to oversee reduction of electricity tariffs

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Nairobi, KENYA: The government has formed a taskforce which has been given a mandate of employing mechanisms of reducing electricity tariffs in the country.

In a media briefing in Nairobi, Energy and Petroleum cabinet secretary Charles Keter said that the task force which will be headed by Izael Dasilva from Strathmore university will review the tariffs.

This is after it emerged that the  cost of technological advancement equipment used in energy sector has reduced and its impact has to be felt by the end user.

Keter said close to 3600MW has been committed by IPPs and that the review by the task force will work to reduce the cost of tariffs.

“We have since constituted a task force to undertake review with nominations from Energy sector entities, national Treasury,State law office ,KEPSA,KAM ,experts from universities and experts in energy regulation.”Keter said

He pointed that the initiative has led to the basis of the ministry’s decision to suspend further processing of expressions of interest under the Feed in tariffs policy ,until the task force completes its work .

The task force’s core mandate is to undertake comparative analysis of Kenya’s tariff with other countries in the region and globally and recommend ways of standardizing tariff .

He indicated that the task force was constituted in line with the directive by His excellency president Uhuru Kenyatta in a state house energy summit in June this year; where he directed that all contracts between the independent power producers and Government be reviewed to ascertain their cost effectiveness.

The task force is supposed to submit its report to the ministry by 31st of December 2016.