ZESA (Zimbabwe Electricity and Supply Authority) has published new electricity tariffs for June 2020. The power utility company announced a drop in domestic electricity prices today. The first 50 units will be purchased at $0.52. From 51 Units to 200 Units electricity tariffs will be at $1.14. From 201 to 300 units the price will be $3.12 per unit. If a customer purchases over 300 units per month they will pay a price of $4.88 per unit.
Here are the new Zesa prices or tariffs
|Consumption Bands||ZWL $/kWh|
|First 50 Units||0.52|
ZETDC released a statement on new tariffs
The Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) Is pleased to announce the introduction of a lower priced tariff band in order to better improve the customer experience, with the new tariff band being a positive response to customer requests for lower priced Units beneath the premium band effective 12 June 2020.
In every calendar month, customers are allocated 50 units at a lifeline tariff rate of $0.52 costing $26, Including levies. The next 150 kWh (51 to 200 kWh) In the same calendar month being charged at $1.14 cost $172. including levies. The new tariff band consisting of 100 kWh, which stretches from 201 to 300 kWh, will therefore cost $312.00, including levies. Any additional purchase in excess of 300 kWh within the same calendar month will still be charged at a rate of $4.88/kWh including levies. In addition, the customer perception that power is cheaper at the beginning of the month is NOT CORRECT, and was leading to very high transaction volumes at the beginning of each month, resulting in the significant slowing down of the vending system. The 300 Units are enjoyed once a month when customers make the first token purchase of units on ANY DAY during any calendar month, therefore It is NOT TRUE that electricity is cheaper when purchases are done within the first five days of the month. In response to the high month-end demand (or prepaid tokens by customers, the power utility is in the process of upgrading the Electricity Token Vending system to ensure that It operates efficiently. ZETDC Introduced the domestic stepped tariff in August 2019 to encourage consumers to use electricity efficiently and to make power affordable to low consumption households. The stepped tariff has different prices for various consumption bands. Higher consumption attracts a higher tariff and custom. en are thus advised to buy electricity that is sufficient to their monthly needs. In order to assist customers, prepayment vouchers indicate how the units purchased are charged and the bands to which they belong, In compliance with the provisions as set by the Regulator.
The stepped tariffs system adopted by ZESA is to ensure fair usage of electricity and also to punish offenders who use residential metres for commercial purposes. Those who consume more electricity will be required to pay a higher price per unit.