Electricity rates to drop in September

By Soli Wilson 30 August 2020, 2:00PM

The cost of electricity in Samoa is set to drop further from Tuesday, the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has advised.

The Corporation posted a public notice notifying customers of the drop in price. 

The decrease applies to all domestic and non-domestic users for cash power and induction meter users.

According to the online statement, E.P.C. domestic consumers will, from September 1, start paying $0.51 per unit for 1-50 kilowatts and $0.65 per unit for 51 kilowatts and over. 

The effective $0.14 per unit discount has been approved by the Office of the Regulator. 

The $0.65 new electricity rate also applies to non-domestic consumers for cash power and domestic consumers for induction meter users.

Meanwhile, non-domestic consumers with induction meters will pay $0.70 sene for all units.

The last electricity change effective in February this year, which lowered prices by $0.02 sene per unit. The February drop follows a $0.09 sene increase for electricity from March 1, 2019. 

The cheaper rate comes a week after a temporary stop was put to the rolling out of the smart meter installation for domestic consumers after they reported encountering frequency interruption problems.

Last month, the E.P.C. paid a $4 million dividend to the Government for the 2018-2019 Financial Year as the state-owned corporation continues to record strong financial performance amid the coronavirus-led downturn. 

In addition to the typical dividend, the state-owned utility also donated $200,000 to assist the Government with its COVID-19 response. 


By Soli Wilson 30 August 2020, 2:00PM

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