Gov't has agreed to 'softening' new electricity tariff — Ajarmeh

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AMMAN — Head of the Lower House Energy and Mineral Resources Committee Firas Ajarmeh announced the government’s positive response to the majority of recommendations made earlier by the panel regarding the new electricity tariff, which will take effect as of the beginning of next April, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at the committee's meeting on Wednesday, held in the presence of the minister of energy and mineral resources, Ajarmeh said the government agreed to exclude citizens who own two households in different governorates from the new tariff under a specific mechanism.

In this regard, Ajarmeh noted that the government has pledged to maintain the fuel price difference item on electricity bills at zero, which has been implemented for years after electricity generation shifted from oil to gas.

The government also decided to include renewable energy systems with a 3.6 kilowatt capacity under the subsidized categories, the lawmaker added.

In addition, Ajarmeh noted that the committee continues to demand a reduction in the monthly electricity subscription fee for each kilowatt generated from renewable energy systems from JD2 to JD1.

Kharabsheh, for his part, announced that the forecast financial revenues from the new electricity tariff are estimated at JD50 million annually, which will go to support various economic sectors, adding that "no tariff-related cash will enter the state’s treasury with the aim of enhancing their competitiveness and expanding job creation."

The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission’s (EMRC) statistics indicate that monthly bills of 93 percent electricity meter subscribers will not be affected by the new tariff and could drop for some people who consume lower energy at 600 kilowatt per month, according to the minister.

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