2 Feb 2005

French Polynesian power prices drop

4:38 pm on 2 February 2005

The French Polynesian government has announced a drop in the price of electricity just ten days before a crucial by-election on Tahiti and Moorea.

The cost for the first 100 kilowatts used a year will be slashed by about half which is seen to provide savings for low-level consumers.

The economics minister, Teva Rohfritsch, also announced a small cut in the power price charged to businesses, which according to him means that 90 percent of customers will see a five percent cut of their power bills.

The measures follows a government decision to cut business taxes, increase the minimum wage and abolish bus fees for those over sixty who live on Tahiti and Moorea.