Senegal’s Sall Tells Utility to Consider Cutting Energy Prices

Senegalese President Macky Sall told the state-owned utility Senelec to consider reducing electricity prices, saying there is scope to lower tariffs as production costs have dropped.

The government ended more than $200 million in annual subsidies to Senelec after it resolved an internal crisis that led to protracted power outages in 2012, Sall said in a speech on Saturday to inaugurate an industrial-sized solar plant with a capacity of 20 megawatts.

The utility, which no longer needs financial assistance, pledged in 2014 to bring costs down for consumers by adding about 400 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2020. The solar plant in Bokhol, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of the capital, Dakar, will give 160,000 people access to affordable electricity, Sall told reporters at the event.

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