The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) held the last public hearing in Lusaka on 21st November 2007, concluding the three series on the ZESCO application to review tariffs, fees and other charges. Public hearings were held in Livingstone, Kitwe and Lusaka to allow for public engagement on ZESCO's application to review tariffs, fees and other charges before the Board could make a final decision.
In all three public hearings, the Chairman of the Board of the ERB, Mr. Sikota Wina emphasized the need for openness among those who submitted comments following ZESCO's application.
Mr. Wina assured members of the public that the exercise was very important and that all comments made would be taken seriously and considered by the Board in arriving at a correct decision.
He also emphasized the need to safeguard all interests in determining the ZESCO tariff review application as the final decision would affect stakeholders in different ways.
Since inception, the ERB has considered more than 10 tariff applications by ZESCO. However, the current review is unique in that it is more comprehensive than previous ones because it is based on a cost of service study and looks at a multi-year tariff approach.
The current tariff review application by ZESCO has attracted more interest from the public than previous applications, receiving more written submissions from consumers and special interest groups.
With all the public hearings done, the Board of the ERB will proceed to consider all submissions from members of the public, consumers, professional, industry and consumer bodies and make an appropriate decision on the application. The decision will be communicated to the public.