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TPL announces electricity tariff reduction from April 1

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Tonga Power Ltd. announced an electricity tariff reduction of 12.2%, due to a drop in global diesel prices. The reduced tariffs, starting today April 1, are further enhanced by a government lifeline subsidy on the first 100kWh. The new tariff schedules are published here in Tongan and English.

See also Holo e totongi ‘uhila kamata me he ‘aho 1 ‘Epeleli 2020.

Diesel prices dropped from $1.6906 per litre in October 2019 to $1.5091 per litre in March 2020 (or an accumulated reduction of 18.15 seniti per litre in total).

The accumulated price reduction from October 2019 to 15 March 2020 is driven mainly by the ongoing price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia since 8 March 2020 and the current economic impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Therefore, the new published rate for all electricity will reduce by a total of 10.16 seniti (12.2% reduction) per kWh to 73.00 seniti per kWh from the current tariff of 83.16 seniti per kWh set back in 1 November 2019.

The tariff set back in November 2019 of 83.16 seniti per kWh was subsidised by the Government of Tonga (shareholder) to remain at 79.90 seniti per kWh up to March 2020. The new electricity tariff rate of 73.00 seniti per kWh was approved by the Electricity Commission to be effective from 1st April 2020.

The table set out below provides details of the new electricity tariff.

From 1 April 2020, the Government of Tonga will further subsidise 8 seniti per kWh Lifeline Tariff (known as Government Policy Obligations or GPO) to residential customers’ first 100 kWh or less kWh of electricity, that is further reducing the tariff from 73.00 seniti to 65 seniti per kWh.

The overall Power Generation from Renewable Energy (RE) Sources is only 14% of our total monthly power generation to which its impact on our prices is included on this tariff calculation.

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Holo e totongi ‘uhila kamata me he ‘aho 1 ‘Epeleli 2020

‘Oku hoko ‘ae holoholo he totongi ‘oe loloo tisolo mei he $1.6906 ki he lita ‘i ‘Okatopa 2019 ki he $1.5091 ki he lita ‘i Ma’asi 2020 ( fakakatoa ‘ae holoo ‘a e totongi ‘oe loloo ko e seniti ‘e 18.15 ki he lita) fiema’u ai ke holo ‘ae totongi ‘uhila.

Ko e holo ko eni ‘i he totongi ‘oe loloo mei Okatopa 2019 ki Ma’asi 2020 oku fakatupunga lahi mei he ‘ikai ha felotoi he vaha’a o Lusia moe Saute ‘Alepeaa ki he lahi ‘oe lolo oku tuku maii ki he maketii talu mei he áho 8 Maási 2020. Toe tanaki atu kiai moe uesia faka-ékonomika áe ngaahi fonua ó mamani í he mahaki ko’eni COVID-19.

Ko e totongi úhila foóu leva é seniti é 73.00 ki he íuniti (houa kilo uati kWh) ke kamata ‘i he ‘aho 1 ‘o ‘Epelilii. Koe holo áki eni áe seniti é 10.16 pe koe peseti é 12.2% mei he totongi úhila lolotonga koe 83.16 ki he íuniti naé talu hono ngaueáki mei he ‘aho 1 ‘o Novema 2019.

Talu hono tali ‘oe totongi ‘uhila ‘I Novema 2019 ki he totongi fo’ou seniti ‘e 83.16 moe huu mai ‘ae Pule’anga Fo’ouu ‘o tokoni ke ta’ofi/pukepuke ‘ae totongi ‘uhila he tu’unga lolotonga na’e ‘iai, koe seniti ‘e 79.90 ki he ‘uinitii. Koe tokoni ko’eni ‘ae Pule’anga ‘aki ‘ene totongi ‘ae kehekehe ‘oe hiki koiaa kae tu’uma’u pee he 79.90 ‘o a’u mai ki Ma’asi 2020.

Kuo tali ‘e he Pule Fakafuofuoa totongi ‘uhilaa – Koe Komisoni ‘Uhila ke holo hifo ‘a e totongi ‘uhila ki he seniti ‘e 73.00 ki he ‘iuniti pea ke kamata ngaueáki mei he áho 1 Épeleli 2020.

Kuo ma’u ‘ae ongoongo lelei mei he Pule’anga ‘e fakalahi ‘enau tokoni Lifeline ‘aia oku ui koe Government Policy Obligation GPO pe koe Ngaahi Fatongia Fakapolisii ‘ae Pule’angaa. Koe Lifeline ko’eni oku toe holoki ‘ae totongi ‘uhila ki he ngaahi ‘Api Nofo’angaa pee ‘aki ‘ae seniti ‘e 8 ki he ‘iuniti. Koe holo ia mei he seniti ‘e 73 ki he seniti ‘e 65 ki he ‘iuniti ‘oe ‘uluaki ‘iuniti pee ‘e 100 ‘e ngaue’aki ‘ehe ngaahi ‘api nofo’angaa he mahina, kamata aipee ‘aho 1 Epeleli 2020.

‘I he taimi koee na’e seniti ai ‘e 79.90 ki he ‘iuniti na’e tokoni ‘ae Pule’angaa lifeline ke holoki ki he seniti ‘e 70.00. Ka ‘I he holo ko’eni ‘ae totongi  ‘uhila  1  Epeleli  2020,  ki  he  seniti ‘e 73.00 kuo toe huu mai ‘ae tokoni ‘ae Pule’anga lifeline ke holoki ki he seniti ‘e 65 ki he ‘iuniti ‘ae  ‘uluaki   uniti  ‘e  100  oku  ngaue’aki  ‘ehe ngaahi ‘Api Nofo’angaa pe.

Ko e fakakatoa ‘o e ma’u’anga ivi mei he ivi fakanatula (faama solaa moe faama havili) ‘oku fe’unga pe mo e peseti ‘e 14 ‘o e ivi kotoa oku tufaki ‘ehe Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga ki he’etau fiema’u ‘uhila fakalukufuaa. ‘Aia kuo ‘osi fakakau ‘ae tokoni ko’eni 14% mei he faama solaa moe faama havilii ‘i hono fika’i ‘o e totongi ‘uhila oku tuku atu ko’eni.

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