Cost of electricity to increase by 10 percent or more

The Ministry of Electricity declared Sunday that prices are expected to rise by 10 to 15 percent for high consumers.

The ministry added that only the cabinet is entitled to raise prices, reported privately owned daily newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm.

In response to customer complaints that bills have been unusually high, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker said that prices have not increased since January 2013, and that they are representative of the actual consumption of citizens. Shaker added that the electricity company welcomes complaints or further investigations into the matter.

The ministry has been suffering from an unprecedented financial crisis due to the poor collection of electrical payments, the high costs of fuel and spare parts for power stations, in addition to increasing production costs.

It is planning to launch a media campaign to encourage the reduction of electrical consumption during the summer months.

Citizens will be notified of peak hours for electrical use and advised to reduce their consumption during these periods in an attempt to relieve the strain on the national grid.

Many districts across Cairo have experienced black outs over the last few weeks.               

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