The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has published it’s latest end-user power tariffs for the last quarter of the year 2021.
The quarter which runs from this month (October) to December, indicates a reduction in power charges especially for commercial consumers when compared with the 3rd quarter.
The 3rd quarter covered the period of July to September.
In the 3rd quarter, whereas commercial consumer tariffs during peak hours stood at 816.9 and off peak at 368.3, in the latest 4th quarter this has reduced to 806.4 and 357.8 respectively per unit.
The same entity has made a slight reduction in the power charges for medium industrial consumers from 718 during peak hours and 289.6 off peak to 691.7 and 263.3 respectively. Other slight reductions can be seen the tariffs for Large Industrial consumers during peak hours in the next three months.
Here, unlike in the last quarter where a unit was charged at Shs478.8, this time round, a unit will go for 474.8 during peak hours but remain at 226.1 off peak as it was in the last quarter. The authority has however, retained the charges for domestic consumers standing at 250 for first line 15 units while that for energy above 15 units will stand at 747.5, a similar charge even in the 3rd quarter.
According to the ERA Chief Executive Officer Eng. Ziria Tibalwa Waako the approved tariffs have been determined in consideration of the changes in the macroeconomic factors of international prices for fuel, exchange rate of the Uganda shilling against US dollar, inflation, the energy general mix and costs approved by the authority.
The minister for energy and mineral development Dr. Ruth Nankabirwa a few weeks ago challenged ERA to work towards reducing power tariffs. She said this would facilitate production and increase customer base.
For details see table attached.