The Chief Executive Officer of Uganda’s Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA), Ziria Tibalwa Waako has announced the reduction in power tariff for July to September across different consumer categories, to help businesses recover from the adverse effects of the pandemic.
In December 2020, the regulatory agency suspended free electricity connections, citing lack of funds.
ERA in a statement issued on Friday, attributed the reduction to the consumer index, to the 3.3 per cent appreciation of Uganda Shilling against the dollar, the fall in fuel prices, and the energy generation mix.
Waako said the commercial and medium consumers are the biggest direct beneficiaries of the reduction in tariff applicable for the period July to September 2021.
She said with a tariff cut of as much as Shs23.2 per unit and Shs29.1 per unit of electricity consumed for the consumer categories, commercial consumers will pay Shs616 from Shs639.8, medium consumers will now pay Shs526.9 from Shs556, while industrial consumers will now pay Shs300.2 from Shs301.7 per unit.
The new power tariffs apply to all electricity consumers under Umeme, based on meter readings and YAKA purchases taken between the period of July to September this year.