ከታኅሳስ ወር ጀምሮ ተግባራዊ የተደረገው የኤሌክትሪክ ኃይል የታሪፍ ጭማሪ በአራት ዓመታት ውስጥ በአማካይ እስከ 345 በመቶ እንደሚያድግ ቢገለጽም፣ በኪሳራ ሲቀርብ የቆየውን አገልግሎት ሙሉ በሙሉ እንደማይደጉም መንግሥት አስታወቀ፡፡ የኢትዮጵያ ኤሌክትሪክ አገልግሎት ዋና ሥራ አስፈጻሚ አቶ ሽፈራው ተሊላ ከምክትል ሥራ አስፈጻሚው አቶ ደመቀ ሮባ ጋር በመሆን ሐሙስ የካቲት 14 ቀን 2011 ዓ.ም. በሰጡት ጋዜጣዊ መግለጫ ወቅት፣ ላለፉት 12 ዓመታት ሲሠራበት የቆየው ታሪፍ በኪሎ ዋት በሰዓት 1.8 የአሜሪካ ሳንቲም ሲከፈልበት የቆየ መሆኑን፣ በመጪዎቹ አራት ዓመታት ውስጥ ከሰባት እስከ ስምንት የአሜሪካ ሳንቲም ጭማሪ የሚደረግበት የታሪፍ ማስተካከያ መደረጉን አስታውቀዋል፡፡ በመሆኑም ጭማሪው የ345 በመቶ አማካይ ዕድገት እንዳለው ያሳያል፡፡
ከሦስት ሚሊዮን በላይ የመኖሪያ ቤት ተጠቃሚዎች በዚህ ታሪፍ እየተስተናገዱ ነው፡፡ የኢንዱስትሪና የከፍተኛ ኃይል ተጠቃሚዎችም ከዚህ የተለየ ታሪፍ የተጣለባቸው ሲሆን፣ ከዚህ ቀደም ይደረግላቸው የነበረው ድጎማ ሙሉ በሙሉ መነሳቱም ታውቋል፡፡
Ethiopian Electric Utility (EEU) said that it will transform manual electric billing stations to digital platforms where mobile and internet payment modes and banking systems will be replacing the existing payment stations.
The utility was channeling both prepaid and postpaid bills through outsourced and in-house built stations. However, by the end of the current fiscal year, high electric voltage customers will have the opportunity to pay bills via the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) while low and medium voltage customers will be served through mobile and internet systems. Postpaid bills will also enjoy friendly payment systems such as kiosks and supermarkets will be part of the billing methods, Shiferahw Telila, CEO of EEU told reporters,today.
Beginning this month, companies with higher electric power consumption will be paying their electric bills to Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) rather than Ethiopian Electric Utilities (EEU). Though EEP asserts that the decision was made with the primary aim of service efficiency, the decision has become a source of aggravation to EEU, who claims a mandate for selling electric power domestically.
Companies that are transferred to EEP utilize over 132kV of power and pay a minimum of five million Birr a month for electricity. So far, close to 15 companies are identified as being high consumers of electricity, including cement factories, textile factories and steel mills. "We moved these key clients to our institution to render quality service," said Tesfaye Teklemariam, deputy CEO of the EEP, "and enable them to get quick maintenance and reliable supply."
The past two weeks did not bode well for the relationship between landlord Getaneh GebreHana and his eight tenants. After Ethiopian Electric Utility adjusted prices upward he was forced to be strict with his tenants about their electricity consumption.
Seven of his tenants have cooking stoves, two have refrigerators, another two baking stoves and one has a washing machine – normal household electric appliances. His monthly electric bill has doubled to 800 Br, which Getaneh feels does not add up even after factoring in the adjustment. "I looked into all the tenants' homes to verify how they are consuming power," said Getaneh, who uses a prepaid electric service.