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Energy Minister: Power Outages Will Persist Because Zimbabwe's Electricity Is Too Cheap

Energy Minister: Power Outages Will Persist Because Zimbabwe's Electricity Is Too Cheap

Energy and Power Development minister, Soda Zhemu, says power cuts will persist because Zimbabwe’s electricity is too cheap.

He says this is pushing “unproductive” demand by domestic customers.

Zhemu is supporting power utility ZESA’s request to the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) for a review of tariffs. The last review was in January.

The minister says on average, domestic consumers use US$10 of electricity each month, usually paid in the Zimbabwe dollar which has been losing value every week since the start of the year. Zhemu is quoted as saying by the Business Weekly:

The tariff has been severely eroded and what we now see is the rising demand of unproductive electricity especially by domestic customers.

Until there is restoration of a viable tariff, the situation will remain fragile.

We need a viable tariff and I understand that ZESA has applied for a tariff review and I want to believe the regulator ZERA is considering the application

Zimbabweans has been experiencing constant power cuts for the past two years as the country is unable to produce enough electricity to meet demand.

ZESA, the local power utility, owes regional power companies millions of dollars and, therefore, remains constrained from importing power to cover the gap due to foreign currency shortages.

The minister said electricity had become cheaper than gas, causing gas users to switch back to ZESA, adding to the power demand.

In February, ZESA was producing 1 285MW against the country’s peak demand of 1 700MW.

Regular machinery breakdowns at the coal-fired Hwange Power Station have also added to ZESA’s woes.

The last tariff increase approved by ZERA was 12.3 percent. ZESA officials have publicly declared that they would like to see a tariff increase of higher than 100 percent.

More: ZimLive

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9 Comments

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 5 months ago

Zesa is cheap in Zim for sure, but look at how many employees Zesa have who don't pay for Zesa.

Say the amount of electricity given to employees by Zesa was product in a manufacturing company 😄 truly that company will close 🥱


Jah prazah 4 months ago

Ndiri mwana wa Jah prazah kkk 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨

Jah prazah 4 months ago

Ndini zveshuwa ndiri kutobva kudya cake izvezvi sona kkkkkkkkk 👸🤴🧜🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺

immigration 5 months ago

asi zhemu so ka chiiko nhai kuhumana kudayi


Adv slamey 4 months ago

I just can't get it. What are you trying to say or highlight here. Is it bad for a product or service to have an affordable price which can be catered by all.inga wani maiti magetsi haachaendi starting January 2022, asi mairota here, dzimai zvigetsi zvenyu we have enough substitutes, solar,huni,gas and soforth


Makelanwi 4 months ago

Who is this SODA ZHEMU,he must learn to speak sense.Everytime he opens his mouth;toxic words come out.I am beginning to doubt his credentials.


Mukanya 4 months ago

Soda wenyu uyu haagone kutaura nevanhu


mutirowafanza 4 months ago

Ana Soda imboko idzii


mutirowafanza 4 months ago

Ana Soda imboko idzii


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