ZESA Increases Electricity Tariffs
Consumers across the country will be dismayed to learn that struggling national power utility ZESA’s subsidiary, ZETDC has raised electricity tariffs. The power utility increased the prices of the electricity tariffs by 19 percent, with the new electricity tariffs coming into effect this coming Sunday (01 March 2020)
Most Zimbabweans across the country are unlikely to welcome this new development as they have been complaining that they cannot afford some of the most basic commodities as the economy continues performing poorly. Zimbabweans who are already reeling from the effects of inflation and erosion of salaries have been complaining that they cannot afford the current electricity tariffs which they say are already high.
Announcing the increase in electricity tariffs, ZETDC released a “Notice of 2020 Electricity Tariff Indexation” saying,
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has adjusted the electricity tariffs by 19.02 percent. This is in accordance with the Tariff Award of 2 October 2019, which approved the implementation of monthly tariff indexation formula, that takes into account the movement of the macroeconomic fundamentals such as exchange rate and inflation, for changes above 10%. Below are the tariffs which will be applicable effective 1 March 2020.
a) Fixed Monthly Charge ZWL$ 7.24
b) Energy charge per kWh
(i) 1st 50 kWh ZWL$0.49
(ii) 51 – 200 kWh ZWL$1.08
This means that the first 50 units of electricity for the month which used to cost $20.50 will now cost $24.50. This follows the increase in the electricity tariffs of the first 50 units from $0.41 (41 cents) per kWh to $0.49 (49 cents) per kWh.
The next 150 units which used to cost $136.50 now cost $162.00. This follows the increase in the price of the electricity tariffs from 91c per kWh to $1.08 per kWh.
This means that the lifeline of 200 units of electricity which are sold at a lower price now cost $186.50 up from $157.
After 200 units have been consumed, all other units will now go for a punitive $4.61 per kWh compared to $3.87 per kWh before.
Please note that these prices are just for the electricity tariffs on the prepaid system without including the fixed monthly charge as well as the Rural Electrification Levy of 6 percent.
You can check the new tariffs starting from Sunday online using Zesa’s own Self-service Portal.