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New electricity fees intended to promote saving: Official

KUNA Saturday, May 27, 2017

Planned new fees on power and water are primarily aimed at promoting consumption rather than reaping money, a ranking official affirmed. No matter how high the fees may be, they will not match the actual production cost, affirmed Ministry of Electricity and Water’s Undersecretary Mohammad Boushehri.

Cutting consumption by 10 percent per day saves some $1.8 million daily, equivalent to $640 million per year. “This figure is not small particularly when considering projected consumption hike in the coming years,” he said. Simultaneously with the imposition of the new fees, the power department, in cooperation with the Ministry of

Information, is launching an awareness campaign titled “consume with responsibility.” The relevant regulations exempt private residences, which account to 40 percent of the consumption, in addition to excluding the citizen who lives in a rented apartment.

The new fees’ laws are applicable on the commercial sector as of February 22, 2018. The National Assembly (Parliament) approved, on April 26 2016, the relevant bill setting the rates for power and water consumption. The ministry has set the fees at five fils per kilowatt per hour (kWh) for the investment and commercial sectors, 25 fils for the government sector, three fils for the industrial and agricultural sectors, five fils for non-producing sectors, in addition to 12 fils for the other fields. As to the consumption of fresh water in the investment and commercial sectors the rates will be KD 2 per 1,000 imperial gallons, KD 4 for the government sector, KD 2.250 for industrial and agricultural facilities, KD 2 for chalets and stables.

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Suresh Kumar
Sunday, May 28, 2017
@Shumaila Khan & Zak :

We expats are always thankless for local government. And we put our problems in wrong way.

Even after proposed hike, electricity is much cheaper than our home country. Back home we are paying exorbitant amount for long power cuts and voltage fluctuations and hopeless service.

Nothing wrong , If they do exempt their citizens from price hike. At least government here cares for their citizens.

For our woes we shall ask for salary rise. Speaking against locals will do no good.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Well said Zak and Shumaila. Ministry should publish statistics consumption of private residences(villas) and commercial buildings(apartments). A Indian from MEW says a small industry can run in India with the power consumption of one villa in Kuwait.

Shumaila Khan
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Not only consumes but who is wasting, everyone know well. Let's see who will pay after many expats are flying back to their home country where situation is getting lot better.
Who will pay for rent after vacating the flats by expats.

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Hahaha... everyone knows who consumes the largest amount of electricity and for them it's still 2 fils. Where will be the savings than ???????

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