AMMAN - A new electricity tariff will come into effect during the first third of 2022, which will reduce electricity costs for the majority of Jordanians and economic sectors, according to the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC).

For people who consume less than 600 Kilowatt-hours (kWh) and whose bills are less than JD50, will see their monthly bills go down or remain the same, EMRC Chief Commissioner Hussein Al Laboun announced on Sunday.

The new tariff will also lead to reduced energy costs for the main economic sectors: business, industry, hospitality, agriculture and healthcare.

The new electricity tariff aims to help subscribers better understand their electricity bills, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

Households that consume less than 51 to 200 kWh will receive JD2.5 to support their bill payments and consumers whose power consumption ranges between 201 and 600 kWh, except for subscriptions of service meters, will receive JD2 in support, Laboun said.

Peak demand tariff will be removed for all sectors, the official said.

The beneficiaries of the new subsidized tariff include: Jordanian families, with one subscription per each family, the official said. He noted that the EMRC will consider exceptional cases.

Holders of the permanent Jordanian passport and Gazans will also benefit, as well as subscriptions of service meters for households, he said.

Non-Jordanian subscribers and owners of more than one electricity meter as well as uninhabited residential properties whose consumption is less than 50 kWh for three months in a row will receive unsubsidised tariffs, he said.

The first electricity meter for Jordanian families will receive a subsidy, the official added.

The subsidised tariffs consist of three segments: Consumers whose electricity consumption ranges between 1 and 300 kWh will be charged 50 fils per kWh, those who consume between 301 and 600 kWh will be charged 100 fils per kWh, and those who consume more than 600 kWh will be charged 200 fils per kWh, according to the official.

For the unsubsidised tariff there will be two segments: For those who consume between 1 and 1,000 kWh will be charged 120 fils per kWh and for those who consume more than 1,000 kWh will be charged 150 fils per kWh.

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