H E Dr Mohammad bin Hamad al Rumhi, chairman of the board of directors of the Authority for Public Services Regulation, issued decisions related to the Cost Reflective Tariff (CRT), the approved tariff regulation for electricity connection and supply, and amendment of some provisions of the tariff for the supply of drinking water on Sunday.
The new tariff structure for the electricity sector includes three categories – first category, which includes subscribers of all kinds (except residential category) who consume 100MWh/ yr or more. The CRT will be applied to all subscribers in this category.
The second category is for non-residential consumption with all its subscribers (industrial, commercial, government and tourism) falling under a single tariff.
According to the decision, the summer and winter tariffs have been set at 29bz/kW and 21bz/kW respectively for the second category.
The tariff for agricultural and fisheries activities, which will continue to be applied as a special tariff for these two sectors, was amended to 12bz for consumption from zero to 3,000kW, 16bz for consumption from 3,001 to 6,000kW, and 24bz for consumption of over 6,000kW.
There is also a category for residential consumption with the tariff separated in three slabs – citizen account, resident account and additional accounts tariff.
The citizen account tariff will be applied to accounts registered in the names of citizens, not exceeding two accounts for each citizen. Citizens will be charged 15bz for consumption of zero to 2,000kW electricity, 20bz for consumption from 2,001 to 4,000kW, and 30bz for consumption exceeding 4,000kW.
Tariffs of resident and additional accounts will be applied to those registered in the names of residents and additional accounts exceeding two per citizen. An amount of 20bz is specified for consumption from zero to 500kW, 25bz for consumption from 501 to 1,500kW, and 30bz for consumption that exceeds 1,500kW.
For water, the new tariff structure includes the category of non-residential consumption set at 4.5bz per gallon or 990bz/c3.
The second category in water is residential consumption where tariff is separated for citizen accounts, resident accounts and additional accounts. The tariff of citizen accounts will be applied to accounts registered in the names of citizens, not exceeding two accounts for each citizen, at 2.5bz per gallon or 550bz/c3. The resident and additional accounts will be applied to those registered in the names of residents and additional accounts exceeding two accounts per citizen. These are set at 3bz per gallon or 660bz/m3.
Those eligible for the National Subsidy System will receive direct subsidies – 33 per cent of the value of the bill with a consumption limit of 4,000kWh/month for electricity. The same system will be applied to water bills in the coming stages.
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