The Energy Regulation Board (ERB) says it has fined 17 energy companies a total of K585, 000 for breaching license conditions, some of which included failure to submit financial returns.
According to ERB acting Manager for Public Relations, Musonda Chibulu, some other breaches included operating without a license.
Musonda said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Tuesday.
He noted that during the enforcement hearings, all the fined licensees were given an opportunity to be heard but that the ERB found them wanting.
“The ERB has since directed all licensed companies operating in the energy sector to ensure that they adhere to their license conditions as well as set standards in order to ensure that they remain compliant at all times,” Musonda said.
He reiterated that ERB would not hesitate to penalize any erring licensees in order to ensure provision of sustainable, reliable and quality energy services and products.
“The Board further encourages members of the public to continue reporting any identified anomalies relating to the provision of energy products and services by any licensee, to the ERB Toll Free Line 8484,” Musonda said.
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