PLN: 900 VA customers excluded from regrouping
The Jakarta Post
Customers with 900 volt-ampere (VA) electricity have been excluded from the regrouping of state-owned power supplier PLN's household customers, to ensure they are not hit by tariff increases.
PLN president director Sofyan Basir said the latest decision ruled that customers with 1,300 VA, 2,200 VA, 3,500 VA and 4,400 VA would be able to access 5,500 VA electric power.
Meanwhile, the electric power of customers with 900 VA, both subsidized and non-subsidized, as well as subsidized customers with 450 VA, remained unchanged, he added.
Meanwhile, Energy and Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Arcandra Tahar did not elaborate on the legal basis of the regrouping of PLN customers.
He explained, however, that the policy is meant to encourage customers to utilize electricity that had already been produced by PLN.
Sofyan however said he had not been able to announce when the new policy would be implemented as he first had to consult with Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan.
“I have been summoned to meet [Jonan] tomorrow morning,” he added as reported by kompas.com.
He stressed that there would be no additional cost for PLN customers when their electricity meters are adjusted to the voltage. “PLN will pay the cost,” he added.
Previously, Jonan said he wanted the electric power of non-subsidized customers, including those with 900 VA, to be upgraded to 4,400 VA, so that all PLN customers paid the same tariff. (bbn)
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