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Only 26% users affected by hike in power tariff

Subscribers can determine their pay category by taking simple steps. (SPA)

JEDDAH: Only 26 percent of electricity subscribers will pay higher tariffs, with people paying more if their consumption increases over a certain threshold, according to experts quoted by an online publication on Wednesday.
They said subscribers can determine their pay category by taking simple steps. For the first and second category in the residential sector, tariffs would remain unchanged if their consumption remains below 4,000 kw/hour. Currently, subscribers in the first category of 1,000 to 2,000 kwh pay 5 halalas per kw, while those in the second category of 2,001 to 4,000 kwh pay 10 halalas per kw.
They said the tariffs for the third category of 4,001 to 6,000 kwh would rise from 12 halalas to 20 halalas per kW. Those in the top category of consumption, using more than 6,000 kwh would now pay 30 halalas per kw. The increase is the first in 15 years despite the government spending more on production and operating costs. Subscribers who consume 5,000 kwh and used to pay SR420, now pay SR500, an hike of 19 percent, while those consuming 6,000 kWh and paid SR540 would pay now SR700, an increase of 30 percent.
Those who consume 7,000 kWh would pay now SR1,000 compared to the SR690 paid previously, an increase of 45 percent, they said.

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