Electricity prices have remained unchanged for the fourth month in a row since January this year.
This is after the retention of the same rates for adjustable electricity tariffs for the fifth month running since December by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
The fuel cost charge (FCC) and the foreign exchange fluctuation adjustment (FERFA) have both been retained at Ksh.4.63 and 73 cents respectively for the month of April.
The unchanged tariffs are despite changes in the cost of fuel for the fuel levy and a weaker shilling which would have necessitated a foreign exchange change.
While EPRA has not provided an attribution for the unchanged costs, the suspension of hikes to the tariffs largely aligns to the Ministry of Energy quest to keep electricity costs muted.
In January, the Ministry implemented the first phase of the electricity cost reduction program resulting in an average 15 per cent cut to electricity costs for all classes of consumers.
The cost of electricity is thereby expected to remain the same as in January going into the month of May and provided temporal respite for Kenyans against a general rise in other consumer costs this month.
According to data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) 50 kilowatts of electricity for 50 units costs Ksh.796.83 while 200 kilowatts go for Ksh.4373.12.