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Electricity tariffs increase from July 1

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

The Electricity Commission has approved the new power tariff of 72.11 seniti/kWh or a 2.12 seniti increase per kWh effective for the power consumption from 1st July 2016. The 2.12 seniti/kWh is an increase in the fuel tariff component for the price of electricity. This is due to the increase in the price of diesel which has gone up by 16 seniti since February 2016 as advised by the Competent Authority.

The new published rate is an increase from the current 69.99 seniti/kWh, which took effect in March 2016. This is directly related to the increase in the regulated price of diesel of 16.04 seniti per litre (or 18.4%) from 87.34 seniti per litre in February 2016 to $1.0338 per litre in June. This increase announced today will take effect on Friday, 1st July 2016.

The revised tariff rates approved by the Electricity Commission are as follows:

Island

Current Non-Fuel Component

Current Fuel Component

Current Electricity Tariff

Change in Fuel Tariff Component

% Change

Change in Fuel Tariff Component

Tongatapu

44.35

25.64

69.99

2.12

3.0%

72.11

Vava'u

44.35

25.64

69.99

2.12

3.0%

72.11

Ha'apai

44.35

25.64

69.99

2.12

3.0%

72.11

Eua

44.35

;25.64

69.99

2.12

3.0%

72.11

The new power tariff is still 18% lower than the power price of 87.79 seniti back in February 2015.

Tonga Power Ltd's solar and wind renewable energy projects helped reduce its electricity tariff by 6 seniti/kWh. Without the operation of the solar and wind projects our electricity tariff would be much higher at 78.11 seniti/kWh instead of the 72.11 seniti/kWh today.

The electricity tariff is regulated by the Electricity Act and administered by the Electricity Commission. The tariff adjustment is determined by a process set down in the Concession Agreement between Tonga Power Ltd. and the Electricity Commission. The Competent Authority is the Tongan Government Agency which sets the landed price of diesel which Tonga Power Ltd.uses for their power generation. 

Hiki e totongi 'uhila'o kamata mei he 'aho 1 Siulai 2016

Kuo tali ‘e he Komisoni ‘Uhila ke ngaue’aki ‘a e totongi ‘uhila fo’ou ko e seniti ‘e 72.11 ki he ‘iuniti pe ko e hiki ia ‘aki e seniti ‘e 2.12 ki he ‘iuniti ‘aia ko e hiki ia ‘o kamata ngaue’aki mei he ‘aho 1 Siulai 2016. ‘Oku makatu’unga ‘eni mei he hiki e totongi ki he lolo ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 16 ‘i Fepueli 2016 ‘i hono fakaha mei he Pule Fe’unga.  

Ko e totongi fo’ou ki he ‘uhila ko e hiki ia mei he seniti ‘e 69.99 ‘a ia ko e totongi lolotonga ia na’e ngaue’aki mei Ma’asi 2016. ‘Oku felave’i ia moe hiki ‘a e totongi ‘o e lolo tisolo ‘a ia ‘oku ‘i he seniti ‘e 16.04 ki he lita (pe ko e peseti ia ‘e 18.4) mei he seniti ‘e 84.34 ki he lita ‘i Fepueli 2016 ki he $1.0338 ki he lita ‘i Sune. Ko e hiki ko eni ‘e kamata ngaue’aki ia mei he ‘aho Falaite, 1 ‘o Siulai 2016.

Ko e totongi fo’ou ‘eni kuo tali ke ngaue’aki ‘e he Komisoni ‘Uhila:

Island

Current Non-Fuel Component

Current Fuel Component

Current Electricity Tariff

Change in Fuel Tariff Component

% Change

Change in Fuel Tariff Component

Tongatapu

44.35

25.64

69.99

2.12

3.0%

72.11

Vava'u

44.35

25.64

69.99

2.12

3.0%

72.11

Ha'apai

44.35

25.64

69.99

2.12

3.0%

72.11

Eua

44.35

25.64

69.99

2.12

3.0%

72.11

Oku kei ma’ulalo pe foki ‘a e totongi fo’ou ki he ‘uhila ‘aki ‘a e peseti ‘e 18 mei he totongi na’e ngaue’aki ‘i Fepueli 2015.

Oku tokoni foki ‘a e faama sola moe havili ki hono holoki ‘o e totongi lolotonga ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 6 ki he ‘iuniti. ‘O kapau na’e ‘ikai kau mai ‘a e tokoni mei he faama sola moe havili na’e ‘i he seniti ‘e 78.11 ki he ‘iuniti ‘a e ‘uhila ‘a ia ‘oku holo ai ‘o seniti ‘e 72.11 ki he ‘iuniti he ‘aho ni.

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