Nuku’alofa – March 31, 2020: 10pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The cost of electricity in Tonga will drop by 10.16 seniti or 12.2% per kWh to 73 seniti per kWh from the current tariff of 83.16 seniti per kWh, effective from Wednesday, April 1.
That was announced by the Tonga Power Limited today.
The new rate will replace the old rate set back on November 1, 2019.
Acting Chief Executive Officer Steven ‘Esau said diesel prices has dropped from $1.6906 per litre in
October 2019 to $1.5091 per litre in March 2020.
This is 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.
That has enabled TPL to offer lower electricity cost to consumers.
Mr ‘Esaus said Government will also subsidise the cost for customers.
“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,” he added..