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ZESCO tarrifs increase supported, current low rates don’t encourage energy saving

Economy ZESCO tarrifs increase supported, current low rates don't encourage energy saving

Zesco Head Office
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Southern Biopower Limited has supported Zesco’s proposed 26 percent tariff increment, saying Zambian tariffs were low in international comparison and way below cost of new generation.

Making submissions at the Zesco tariff review public hearing in Lusaka today, Southern Biopower Director, Thomas Krimmel, said the low electricity rates currently pertaining in the country do not encourage energy saving measures.

Dr Krimmel also said the low rates do not allow Zesco to purchase power from independent private power producers.

Dr Krimmel was however quick to raise concerns on Zesco’s high share of staff related expenses, saying this did not indicate prudent management of resources.

He added that the high number of unmetered customers was also worrying.

Dr Krimmel advised that Zesco to improve its efforts in urging customers to save energy and use off peak power.

In response Zesco Managing Director, Cyprian Chitundu, said his company welcomed the support and was keen on working out some of the weaknesses highlighted.

Southern Biopower Limited is an economically and development-oriented company focussing on renewable energy solutions for Africa.

It is centred around an economic model farm in Southern Province serving farmers, business and public institutions as clients on the basis of fair trade and value for money.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Ba SBL, when you say that “…Zambian tariffs were low in international comparison and way below cost of new generation.” What have you to say about the incomes of families, do they conform to internationally accepted levels?

    • GUNDIXY you are very right. I share your wisdom on this one. This is what discourages economic growth. Same or low levels of income and increasing costs is not a remedy for sustainability. People of Zambia this President needs to be fired. I am very certain he does not know what he is doing or he knows but he does not care about the very poor. The people who voted in power. Your days in office are number Mr. Sata. Next election please all Zambians must ensure PF is removed at all costs.

    • Exactly. Fr Frank Bwalya aslo said that that is an illogical reason coz you are not considering the incomes of the peoples with respect to the supposedly region!

  2. SBL and its doctor are f

    SBL and its Dr are f***s.
    and can someone tell them not to interfere in our internal matters.
    if we cannot afford to pay the current tariffs, how do you expect us to pay the revised ones?
    ba mbulalifulu imwe.

  3. Life in Zed is getting harder by the day for ordinary Zambians, the voters. First we hard to increase wages for our domestic workers, the ones we practically feed, cloth, pay for medicals for and house. Second, we were denied salary increments, something overdue. Third, water tariffs were secretly increased. Forth rentals also went up and there is no protection for tenants in Zambia. Fifth, the price of fuel has gone up and we all know how fuel price affect every other commodity price. It won’t be long before a bag of mealie meal or a loaf of bread becomes exorbitantly priced. And now someone is talking about increasing the price of a unit of electricity. Why not restructure Zesco… down size personnel. Whoz gonna help us?

  4. doctor wa panyo……what are taking about? just because your electricity bill is paid by your company does not mean that everyone can afford electricity? very stupid….where are the pf thugs when we need them?

  5. He comes from a country were people are well paid. The monthly salary of an average worker in Zambia is probably a days earning for workers from his country of origin.

  6. My heart bleeds at the fact that forests in the country are being depleted. The campaign to serve power is really affecting Zesco. I like prepaid coz I am recovering what Zesco stole from me on fixed over the years at the same time teaching Zesco a lesson. Tarrif hikes will only worsen the situation. Enviromental Council of Zambia Please conduct a forestry impact assessement otherwise Zambia shall be shaved, siniona bwino ka! The Hike will go through anyway!

  7. Southern Biopower Limited is an economically and development-oriented company focussing on renewable energy solutions for Africa.

    It is centred around an economic model farm in Southern Province serving farmers, business and public institutions as clients on the basis of fair trade and value for money

    Cyprian Chitundu can’t see that these are investors who have come to invest in zambia, next Cyprian Chitundu will see is that people have switched to renewable energy.

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