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Energy ministry denies Sh8.1bn backdated bills to power consumers

Energy and Petroleum Secretary Charles Keter addresses the press at his office in Nairobi on January 8, 2018. He denied any backdating of electricity bills or change of tariffs by Kenya Power. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG
Energy and Petroleum Secretary Charles Keter addresses the press at his office in Nairobi on January 8, 2018. He denied any backdating of electricity bills or change of tariffs by Kenya Power. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG 

The Energy ministry has denied backdating consumer electricity bills to recover Sh8.1 billion cost indicated in State-owned Kenya Power’s report that was incurred on diesel generators last year but were not factored in monthly charges.

This came after the utility firm revealed the hefty bill in its annual financial statement, explaining that it arose from increased uptake of expensive thermal power on the grid to compensate a sharp dip in hydropower production during drought.

The bill is part of the Sh10.1 billion identified as unrecovered power fuel costs in the State-owned firm’s annual statement for the year ended June 2017.

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