Goverment seeks public opinion on PLN customers' regrouping
The Jakarta Post
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan said he had asked state-owned electricity firm PLN to hold a survey to find out public opinion about the government's plan to regroup electricity customers after the plan sparked a debate about the pros and cons.
“I have asked the PLN to hold a focus group and online survey,” said Jonan in Jakarta on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com, adding that the survey would be implemented via commercial portals that were frequently accessed by the people.
The survey is expected to be completed within two weeks and the results of the survey would be considered the government and PLN before the policy is decided, he said.Read also: PLN: 900 VA customers excluded from regrouping
Energy and Mineral Resources Deputy Minister Arcandra Tahar said the policy was meant to encourage customers to utilize electricity that had already been produced by the PLN.
PLN president director Sofyan Basir said after the regrouping, the customers with 1,300 volt-ampere (VA), 2,200 VA, 3,500 VA and 4,400 VA would be able to access 5,500 VA electric power, while the electric power of customers with 900 VA, both subsidized and non-subsidized, as well as subsidized customers with 450 VA, would remain unchanged.
But later, PLN spokesman I Made Suprateka said the change in electrical power was optional for customers, meaning customers could reject the change.
He explained the PLN would shoulder all the costs for the change of electrical power for customers, who want higher electrical power. He also said that the tariff would remain the same. (bbn)
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