The Zimbabwe Electricity Regulatory Commission (ZERC), Zimbabwe’s electricity regulator, has ordered a 31 per cent tariff increase, in a move that it describes as ensuring the profitability of the state-owned power utility Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA).

The increase would see the average tariff rising to 9.3 cents/kWh, up from the current 7.5 cents/kWh, with effect from 1 September, according to ZERC. ZESA, Zimbabwe’s sole power supplier, has frequently blamed low tariffs as being one of the main reasons behind erratic electricity supplies throughout the country.

Zimbabwe currently generates less than 1000 MW against demand of more than 2000 MW, a situation that has held back development of the key mining and manufacturing sectors. Zimbabwe fills the shortfall in local power generation with imports of electricity from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Zambia.

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