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PLN offers power bill discount after Nias blackouts

  • Stefani Ribka

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, May 30 2016   /  09:27 am

In response to public complaints triggered by two-week blackout in Nias Island, North Sumatra, last month, state electricity operator PLN will offer customers from the remote island a discount scheme for their electricity bill to compensate for economic losses resulting from the incident.

Located in the Indian Ocean, 140 kilometers west of the North Sumatran coast, Nias struggles amid a long-term electricity crisis. PLN data suggests that almost 50 percent of the 319 villages in the province of North Sumatra yet to be connected to the electricity network are located in Nias Island.

The situation exacerbated from April 1 to April 13 when over 80,000 homes in the island went dark due to the ceased operation of the two 10-megawatt (MW) capacity power plants (PLTD) in Moawo and Idanoi, which PLN rent from genset provider PT American Power Rental (APR) Energy.

It was lat...