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Tonga Power to cut power tariffs further 11% on March 1

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga’s current electricity tariffs will be cut by 11% on meter readings from 1 March, bringing tariffs down to 69.99 seniti per unit - the lowest since 2008, the CEO of Tonga Power Ltd., Robert Matthews announced on 25 February, and the benefits will be passed on to all electricity consumers in Tongatapu, Vava’u, ‘Eua and Ha’apai.

When compared to tariffs at January 2015, the cuts also represent an electricity tariff decrease of 20.3%.

“After consultation with the Electricity Commission, Tonga Power Ltd. is pleased to announce a reduction of power tariffs to 69.99 seniti per unit effective 1 March 2016. This is a 17.8 seniti per unit or 20.3% reduction from the time when the new Government came into place since January 2015, whereby the electricity tariff at the time was 87.79 seniti per unit,” Mr Matthews stated.

The new electricity tariff of 69.99 seniti per unit will come into effect on 1 March 2016 meter readings. This is 11% lower than the current power tariff of 78.68 seniti per unit.

The net decrease tariff movement is due to the reduction in diesel prices over the last 3 months. The fuel tariff was reset to 25.64 seniti per unit for this quarter, he said.

New electricity tariff compared to January 2015:

Seniti/kWh

Power Tariff
January 2015
Seniti per kWh

Net Change
Seniti per kWh

% Change

New Tariff
March 2016
Seniti per kWh

Non Fuel Component

44.77

0.58

1.3%

44.35

Fuel Component

44.02

-18.38

-41.8 %

25.64

Total

87.79

-17.8

-20.3%

69.99

New electricity tariff compared to February 2016:

Seniti/kWh

Current Tariff
Seniti per kWh

Net Change
Seniti per kWh

% Change

New Tariff
March 2016
Seniti per kWh

Non Fuel Component

44.35

0

0.0%

44.35

Fuel Component

34.33

-8.69

-25.3%

25.64

Total

78.68

-8.69

-11.0%

69.99

The landed cost of diesel in Tonga is regulated by the Competent Authority of the Ministry of Commerce. The tariff adjustment is determined by a process set down in the Concession Contract between the Electricity Commission, Tonga Power Ltd and the Government of Tonga.

Holo peseti ‘e 20.3% ‘a e totongi ‘uhila kamata mei he lau mita ‘i he ‘aho 1 Ma’asi 2016 ‘i hono fakahoa ki he totongi ‘uhila ‘o Sanuali 2015.

Hili ‘a e aleapau felotoi pea moe Komisoni ‘Uhila, kuo ma’u ‘e he Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga ‘a e ngofua ke tuku atu ‘a e totongi fo’ou ki he ‘uhila. ‘Oku fiefia ‘a e Tonga Power Ltd ke fakaha ‘e toe holo hifo ‘a e totongi ‘uhila ‘o seniti ‘e 69.99 ki he ‘iuniti kamata ngaue’aki he ‘aho 1 Ma’asi 2016. Ko e holo ‘eni ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 17.8 ki he ‘iuniti pe ko e peseti ‘e 20.3% mei he taimi na’e kamata fakahoko fatongia ai ‘a e Pule’anga lolotonga ‘i Sanuali 2015 ‘aia na’e seniti ‘e 87.79 ki he ‘iuniti ‘a e totongi ‘uhila.

Ko e totongi ‘uhila fo’ou seniti ‘e 69.99 ki he ‘iuniti ‘e kamata ngaue’aki ia mei he ‘aho 1 Ma’asi 2016. Koe holo ‘aki eni ‘a e peseti ‘e 11% fakahoa ki he totongi ‘uhila lolotonga ‘aia ‘oku seniti ‘e 78.68 ki he ‘iuniti.

Ko e ma’ulalo taha ‘eni kuo a’u ki ai ‘a e totongi ‘uhila talu mei he ta’u 2008 pea ko e ngaahi ola ‘oku ‘inasi kotoa ai ‘a e kau ma’u ‘uhila ‘i Tongatapu, Vava’u, ‘Eua pe mo Ha’apai.

Ko e holo eni ‘a e totongi ‘uhila makatu’unga ‘i he toe holo ‘a e totongi fakatu’apule’anga ‘o e lolo tisolo he mahina ‘e 3 kuo tau situ’a mei ai. Na’e toe vakai’i ‘a e totongi ‘oku vahe’i ki he lolo ‘oku ngaue’aki ‘e he Kautaha ki hono tufaki atu ‘o e ‘uhila pea na’e holo ia ki he seniti ‘e 25.64 ki he kuata ko ‘eni.

Sanuali 2015 /  Ma'asi 2016:

Seniti ki he
houa kilouati

Totongi ‘Uhila
Sanuali 2015
(seniti ki he
houa kilouati)

Lahi ‘o e Holo
(seniti ki he
houa kilouati)

Holo
(peseti)

Totongi Fo’ou
Ma’asi 2016
(seniti ki he
houa kilouati)  

Totongi ki hono fakalele ‘o e Kautaha

43.77

0.58

1.3%

44.35

Totongi ‘o e Lolo

44.02

-18.38

-41.8 %

25.64

Fakakatoa

87.79

-17.8

-20.3%

69.99

Totongi Lolotonga / Totongi Fo’ou Ma'asi 2016:

Seniti ki he
houa kilouati

Totongi Lolotonga
(seniti ki he
houa kilouati)

Lahi ‘o e Holo
(seniti ki he
houa kilouati)

Holo
(peseti)

Totongi Fo’ou
Ma’asi 2016
(seniti ki he
houa kilouati)  

Totongi ki hono fakalele ‘o e Kautaha

44.35

0

0.0%

44.35

Totongi ‘o e Lolo

34.33

-8.69

-25.3%

25.64

Fakakatoa

78.68

-8.69

-11.0%

69.99

Ko e Pule Fe’unga (Competent Authority) ko e sino ia ‘o e Pule’anga Tonga ‘oku ne pule’i ‘a e ngaahi totongi tu’uta ‘o e lolo tisolo ‘i Tonga ni. Ko e liliu ki he totongi ‘uhila ‘oku fakatatau ia ki he ngaahi tu’utu’uni ‘i he Aleapau Felotoi ‘a e Komisoni ‘Uhila, Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga pea mo e Pule’anga Tonga.