Over 90% of Jordanians will not be affected by the new electricity tariff

4. Electricity tariff
Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Ahmed Al-Hanandeh (left), Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh (center), and Chief Commissioner of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission Hussein Laboun, at a press conference on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN —Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Kharabsheh said on Wednesday that Jordanians whose electricity bills amount to JD50 or less will not be affected by the new tariff.اضافة اعلان

Speaking at a press conference, Kharabsheh said that the segment of population that consumes less than 600 kilowatt/hours per month, which is over 90 percent of Jordanians, will see no difference in their electricity bill.

Talking about the restructuring of the electricity tariff, Kharabsheh said: "It is not about raising the prices of electricity or removing subsidies, but about partial restructuring to direct greater support to the productive industrial, commercial, tourism, and agricultural sectors.”

The minister said that the restructuring covers the household sector, reducing the initial seven segments to three, adding that “any sums that will be received as a result of the restructuring will be directed to support the productive sectors.”

Kharabsheh added that “every Jordanian family head who holds a national number, in addition to temporary passport holders and people from the Gaza Strip residing on Jordanian territory are allowed to take a subsidy on one electric meter.”

Chief Commissioner of the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission Hussein Laboun said on Wednesday that the restructuring of the electricity tariff targets economic sectors and households.

The new tariff will not affect in the least the commercial, industrial, agricultural, hotel, and health sectors, according to Laboun, who added that they might even end up having to pay less.

He also said that the cost reduction will be on two levels: one calculating the price of kilowatt-hours used by these sectors, and the other, which was subject to debate, involving the maximum load.

Laboun said that the tariff for the agricultural sector has been reduced from 60 fils per kilowatt/hour to 55 fils per kilowatt/hour. At the same time, he said that the day tariff was reduced from 59 fils per kilowatt/hour to 55 fils per kilowatt/hour while the night tariff was kept at 49 fils per kilowatt/hour, which makes it a 9 percent tariff reduction for this sector.

In the case of the commercial sector, the tariff was lowered by more than 6 percent, this being one of the sectors that received a subsidy of JD17 million, due to the high number of subscriptions, according to Laboun.

He added that electricity tariffs in other sectors, such as the hotelier industry, also witnessed restructuring; this sector now has a fixed tariff of 91 fils per kilowatt/hour, while it used to pay according to different tariffs, like day tariff, which was 89 fils per kilowatt/hour and night tariff, at 75 fils per kilowatt/hour. The sectors also used to have a maximum load of JD3,79, which now became a fixed tariff of 82 fils per kilowatt/hour, with the maximum load being canceled.

Meanwhile, minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Ahmed Al-Hanandeh said on Wednesday that so far, 115,000 Jordanians registered on the platform where they could ask for subsidy for their electricity fees.

In order for citizens to request this subsidy, they have to enter their national, family book and phone numbers, he said.

"If the request meets the criteria set by Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission, it will be immediately accepted, but if there is a discrepancy in the data or the citizen is not eligible, the request will be rejected. Through the same link, a complaint may be submitted and the problem is explained,” he said.

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