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Tonga Power offers lifeline tariff reductions for vulnerable customers

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Notice from

Life Line Electricity Tariff Adjustments effective from 1 April 2017

1. Since the last Tariff Adjustment effective 2nd February 2017 the landed cost of diesel used by Tonga Power Ltd to generate electricity has increased by 8.17 seniti per litre (6.16%) from 132.64 seniti per litre to 140.81 seniti per litre.

2. To cover this increase and also to allow Tonga Power to recover under-recovered fuel cost which currently stand at 2.92 million Pa’anga, the cost of fuel required for electricity generation has risen by 38.67 seniti per unit (kWh) to 41.51 seniti per unit (kWh), an increase of 2.84 seniti. The power tariff therefore increased to 85.86 seniti per unit (kWh).

3. Due to the high power tariff of 85.86 seniti/kWh as a direct result of diesel price movement, The Government of Tonga (Shareholder) approved, the implementation of a Life Line Tariff subsidy.  The Government lifeline will assist the most vulnerable consumers, namely all residential consumers who use less than 100 units (kWh) of electricity each month. This will allow all residential consumers a 15.86 cents TARIFF REDUCTION which equates to 18.47% for the first 100 units (kWh) consumed each month effective from 1st April 2017. This lifeline support is a discount applied on 100% of residential power tariff approved by Cabinet, which will be funded from Tonga Power Ltd Dividend paid to the Shareholder (Tonga Government) in the 2015/16 financial year.

4. The revised tariff rates approved by the Regulator to be effective in respect of all electricity supplied by Tonga Power to electricity consumers on or after 1st April 2017 are as follows:

 RESIDENTIAL CONSUMERSFIRST 100 KWH 

Per KWH 

Current Tariff

Adjustment 

Lifeline Discount 

New Tariff 

Non Fuel Component

Fuel Component

44.35

38.67

0

+2.84

0

-15.86

44.35

25.65

TOTAL 

83.02 

+2.84 

-15.86 

70.00 

-18.47%

 

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RESIDENTIAL CONSUMERSIN EXCESS OF 100 KWH NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSUMERSALL KWH 

Per KWH 

Current Tariff

Adjustment 

Lifeline Discount 

New Tariff 

Non Fuel Component

Fuel Component

44.35

38.67

0

+2.84

0

0

44.35

41.51

TOTAL 

83.02 

+2.84 

85.86 

+3.42 %

5. 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 Limited and the Electricity Commission. The Competent Authority is the Tongan Government Agency whom sets the landed price of diesel which Tonga Power Limited uses for their power generation.

Thank you,
Tonga Power Ltd.
31 March 2017

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Tokoni ki Hono Tukuhifo e Hiki e Totongi 'Uhila Kamata me he 'Aho 1 'Epele;o 2017.

1. Hili ‘a hono vakai’i fakamuimui ‘o e totongi ‘uhila ‘i he ‘aho 2 Fepueli 2017 na’e toe hiki hake ai e totongi ‘o e lolo hu mai he ngaahi mahina kuo tau situ‘a mei ai ‘a ia ‘oku ngaue’aki ‘e he Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga ki hono ngaohi ‘o e ‘uhila ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 8.17 ki he lita (6.16%) mei he seniti ‘e 132.64 ki he seniti ‘e 140.81 ki he lita.

2. Makatu’unga ‘i he hikihiki ko eni ‘a e totongi ‘o e lolo mo e ‘ikai fe’unga ‘a e pa’anga hu mai ki hono totongi ‘o e lolo ‘oku fiema’u ki hono ngaohi ‘o e ‘uhila ‘a ia ‘oku fe’unga mo e pa’anga ‘e 2.92 miliona ‘i he lolotonga ni, kuo hiki ai e totongi kuo vahe’i ‘e he Kautaha ki hono fakatau mai ‘o e lolo mei he seniti ‘e 38.67 ki he ‘iuniti (kWh) ki he seniti ‘e 41.51 ki he ‘iuniti (kWh). Ko e hiki ‘aki ‘eni ‘a e seniti ‘e 2.84 ki he ‘iuniti (kWh).

3. Makatu’unga ‘i he ma’olunga ‘a e totongi ‘uhila ‘i he seniti ‘e 85.86 ki he ‘iuniti (kWh) tupu mei he feliuliuaki e totongi ‘o e lolo tisolo, kuo tali ‘e he Pule’anga ‘o Tonga ‘o fakafou mai ‘i he Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga, ‘i ha founga ngaue ke tokoni ki hono holoki e totongi ‘o e ‘uhila ki he kakai ‘o e fonua, ‘a ia ‘oku kau ki ai ‘a e ngaahi ‘api nofo’anga ‘oku si’isi’i e ‘uhila ‘oku nau ngaue’aki ‘i he ‘iuniti ‘e 100 (kWh) he mahina. ‘A ia ‘oku ‘i ai leva ‘enau ngofua ke holoki (tisikauni) ‘enau totongi ‘uhila ‘aki ha seniti ‘e 15.86 ‘a ia ‘oku tatau moe holo peseti ‘e 18.47 ‘o kamata mei he ‘aho 1 ‘Epeleli 2017. Ko e tokoni ko eni ko e taha ia ‘a e ngaahi fokotu’utu’u ngaue ‘a e Pule’anga ko eni ke faitokonia ‘a e kakai ‘o e fonua. Kuo tali lelei ai ‘e he Pule’anga ‘o Tonga ke fakafoki ha konga ‘ene tiviteni ne totongi mai mei he Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga ki he ta’u fakapa’anga 2015/16, ke fakapa’anga’aki ‘a hono holoki hifo ‘a e totongi totonu ‘o e ‘uhila mei he totongi lolotonga, seniti 85.86 ki he KWH, ki he seniti 70 ki he KWH.

4. Ko e totongi fo’ou ‘eni ki he ‘uhila ‘a ia kuo tali ‘e he Ma’u Mafai ke kamata ngaue’aki ki he ‘uhila kotoape ‘oku tufaki atu ‘e he Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga ki he kau ma’u ‘uhila mei he ‘aho 1 ‘o ‘Epeleli 2017:

 RESIDENTIAL CONSUMERSFIRST 100 KWH 

Per KWH 

Current Tariff

Adjustment 

Lifeline Discount 

New Tariff 

Non Fuel Component

Fuel Component

44.35

38.67

0

+2.84

0

-15.86

44.35

25.65

TOTAL 

83.02 

+2.84 

-15.86 

70.00 

-18.47%

 

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RESIDENTIAL CONSUMERSIN EXCESS OF 100 KWH NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSUMERSALL KWH

Per KWH

Current Tariff

Adjustment

Lifeline Discount

New Tariff

Non Fuel Component

Fuel Component

44.35

38.67

0

+2.84

0

0

44.35

41.51

TOTAL

83.02

+2.84

0

85.86

+3.42 %

5. Ko e Totongi ‘Uhila ‘oku pule’i ia ‘e he Lao ki he ‘Uhila pea ‘oku tokanga’i ia ‘e he Komisoni ‘Uhila. Ko e ngaahi liliu ki he totongi ‘uhila ‘oku fakatatau ia ki he ngaahi tu’utu’uni ‘i he Aleapau Ngaue ‘a e Kautaha Uhila ‘a Tonga pea mo e Komisoni ‘Uhila. Ko e Pule Fe’unga ko e sino ngaue ia ‘ia e Pule’anga Tonga ‘oku ne pule’i ‘a e totongi tu’uta ‘a e lolo tisolo ‘a ia ‘oku ngaue’aki ‘e he Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga ki hono ngaohi ‘o e ‘uhila.

Malo,
Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga.
31 Ma’asi 2017

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