Kenya Energy has stopped the provision of a number of meters to blocks of flats owned by a single buyer in a technique aimed toward sealing income leakages because of unlawful connections.
Within the new tips, the utility mentioned meter separation requests additionally wouldn’t be processed, though submetering could be allowed.
“Administration not too long ago reviewed tips on measuring new connection functions. Going ahead, there can be a provision of just one meter per plot the place a plot belongs to a landowner with a number of premises,” Kennedy Ogalo, performing common supervisor of infrastructure growth at Kenya Energy, mentioned in a memo to regional administrators.
“This may suggest that new functions for premises with a number of items corresponding to residences, flats and others should comprise just one meter. Due to this fact, meter separation requests won’t be processed. The next measurement of provides can be a sub-measurement that may correspond to the homeowners of the premises,” he acknowledged.
Ogalo mentioned the proprietor of the premises can be accountable for paying the electrical energy invoice for the consumption recorded by way of Kenya Energy’s single meter.
Nevertheless, the brand new tips exempt new functions on parcels with a number of homeowners, corresponding to housing estates, residences and industrial buildings with separate homeowners.
Kenya Energy mentioned giant electrical energy tariff prospects, government-related connections corresponding to inexpensive housing tasks and government-owned housing schemes, amongst others, are additionally exempt from its new metering tips.
“The separation of meters from the exempt classes can be allowed,” Ogalo added.
To implement the brand new metering guidelines, Kenya Energy has put in place quite a few course of controls in any respect phases, from the appliance for connection to the electrical energy grid to the precise metering.
He mentioned that just one provide can be created per request, the place the premises to be linked with electrical energy have a single proprietor regardless of having a number of houses corresponding to flats, residences and others.
“On the design stage, the proposed community ought to think about the anticipated vitality demand from a number of premises and culminate the identical right into a single account. Within the development stage, the stipulations of this stage will proceed to be the approval of the best way allow, the submission of wiring certificates and the contracting of the shopper account. The execution of the plan can be as designed,” Ogalo mentioned.
Insiders mentioned the brand new metering laws intention to seal income leakages by way of unlawful connections and enhance effectivity in paying vitality payments.
“There was a whole lot of disarray concerning individuals having a number of meters. This got here with the challenges of unlawful connections and income assortment from electrical energy items used. It might be simpler to implement compliance when we’ve got one meter below one identify,” the supply mentioned.
Connecting prospects has been a problem for Kenya Energy, partly because of a scarcity of meters because of protracted court docket disputes over tenders.
Final month, the utility revealed that almost 300,000 prospects are nonetheless ready to be linked to electrical energy after it ran out of meters.
The extreme meter scarcity has pissed off hundreds of shoppers who’re in search of new meters to interchange defective or stolen ones. This has affected houses, companies and a few essential services corresponding to well being facilities and faculties.
Final month, the utility mentioned it had 236,924 new connections pending, however will join them to energy inside 90 days of buying new meters.