Juliet Sigauke, H-Metro Reporter
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority has refuted claims that Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority will be increasing its tariffs soon saying the regulatory authority had not received an application from ZETDC.
ZERA acting chief executive officer, Eddington Mazambani said they were yet to receive an application from ZESA adding that no adjustments to tariffs had been made.
“We haven’t received an official application of the increase.
“I can only talk of a tariff increase or adjustment of tariffs if there is an official application done by the utility to the regulation,” said Mazambani.
Mazambani also denied claims that the current load shedding was a sign that ZESA is pushing for a tariff increase.
“It only shows people don’t appreciate the industry. Load shedding is not a process of trying to increase electricity price rather electricity is only consumed when it gets generated. There is no storage for electricity for now,” said Mazambani.
ZESA spokesperson Fullard Gwasira said the issue of Zesa tariff increase remains the precedence of the regulator (ZERA).
“Every year we apply to the regulatory authority for a tariff increase according to the Electricity Act.
“The approval or lack of it remains the decision of ZERA,” said Gwasira.