Confusion over Electricity Tariffs: It Goes Up, Regardless of Oil Prices

Premier Says Power Tariffs Tied to Oil Prices, EMRC Says Tariffs not Affected by Global Oil Slips, Only Increases

تم نشره في Sun 3 December / Dec 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Electricity bills - (Al Ghad)

AMMAN —AlGhad— Following the recent price hike on fuel and oil derivatives, domestically, Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) spokesperson, Tahrir Qaq, confirmed to AlGhad today, Sunday, that “electricity tariffs will not go down in the future, even should oil prices go down”.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister, Dr Hani Mulqi, had explained to House Speaker Atef Tarawneh, today as well, that the power tariffs are indeed tied to oil prices.

“Power tariffs are connected to oil prices globally. If they go down, power costs go down. If they go up, power costs go up too” the premier said.

Furthermore, Mulqi explained that the tariff pricing mechanism will be determined by the respective committee in charge, ensuring full transparency.

In response, Speaker Tarawneh stressed that the government should fully disclose and elaborate on the pricing mechanisms for power tariffs before enacting them.

As oil prices break the USD55 barrier, globally, to just above USD58 per barrel, the government has yet to clear the confusion on the matter at hand.

Since the beginning of December, the government has raised the electricity tariff by JOD0.004 per kilowatt.

On average, electricity bills will increase by some JOD0.64 to JOD1.2 on the consumption ranges of 300 to 600 kilowatts.