‘93% of Jordanian households will not be affected by new electricity tariffs’

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Electricity is being sold to Lebanon at a lower price than it is sold to Jordanian consumers because the price only takes into account production and transportation costs, according to the minister of energy. (Photo: Flickr)
AMMAN — Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Saleh Al-Kharabsheh said that the price of electricity sold to Lebanon appears to be lower than in Jordan, but “the reality is completely different”, according to JO24.اضافة اعلان

A kilowatt is sold to the Lebanese for JD0.08, while the Jordanian citizen pays higher than that. That prompted Kharabsheh to say that “Lebanon pays the cost of electricity generation and transportation only, since the electricity sold to Lebanon goes directly from the network, and does not include distribution, maintenance, corporate expenses, investment returns, and other operational costs."

He reiterated that about 93 percent of the households will not be affected by the new tariffs, adding that “whoever has a monthly bill of less than JD50 dinars will not be negatively affected by the new tariff. In the case of those whose consumption exceeds 600 kilowatts, their bill will be commensurate with consumption, with the increase reaching a maximum of JD10, while it will clearly increase for foreigners."

Kharabsheh said that the price difference will not enter the Treasury or the National Electric Power Company’s coffers, but will be directed to support the productive sectors (commercial, industrial, agricultural, and others), reflecting positively on the ability of these sectors to compete.

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