Mixed reaction to proposed EFL tariff rate review

Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission. Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham responds to the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs at Parliament yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission. Commission chief executive officer Joel Abraham. Picture: FT FILE

FIJI Commerce Commission CEO Joel Abraham says there have been mixed reactions from the public to Energy Fiji Ltd’s proposal for an electricity tariff rate increase by 17.27 per cent.

Mr Abraham made these comments during the FCCC-organised EFL tariff rate review consultation at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday.

He said certain people had said outright that they did not want any increase.

“But there are other people who have said that the 17.27 per cent was too high, and maybe something less they could do with,” Mr Abraham said.

“While others have come forward and said that they would support an increase provided that there were more investments into renewable energy and it was good for the environment.

“We are quite happy that the turnout has been good and we are satisfied. What we found out generally is that younger people are forward-looking and there was one person that asked, ‘will investments into renewable energy now would lead to better rates in the future’.”

He said people were generally preferring to give one-on-one submissions as opposed to public speaking.

He said EFL had put in a submission to FCCC in April and the commission had done its preliminary analysis.

He said written submissions close on June 14.

“We have opened other platforms as well for people to raise their views.

Face to face submissions will continue and FCCC will go around major towns and cities conducting them.

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