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Mera yet to conclude electricity tariff review

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Werani Chilenga

By Wezzie Gausi

The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) is yet to conclude review of the proposed electricity tariff adjustment as requested by Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and Power Market Limited (PML).

In August this year, Escom and PML proposed the electricity tariff increase.

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The 99 percent tariff adjustment request is for the period 2022 to 2026.

In an interview, Mera spokesperson Fitina Khonje said there are seven steps that the authority follows before making a decision on whether to hike the tariff.

She said so far Mera has done stages one to four and is remaining with three stages.

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“According to the Electricity Base Tariff Setting, the next stage is that of public hearings on the tariff application. The dates will be announced when set,” Khonje said.

Parliamentary Committee on Natural Resources and Climate Change Chairperson Werani Chilenga said there is no justification for Mera to increase electricity tariff in the country.

He said despite that they are following a four-year schedule. Malawians are suffering economically as there are continued blackouts.

“Therefore, at any cost, there is no need for tariff increase,” Chilenga said.

The Energy Act gives a provision for tariff increase for every four years in Malawi.

Recently the Joint Parliamentary Committee ordered PML to withdraw applications by Escom, Egenco and other Independent Power Producers to hike electricity tariff in the country.

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