Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan has said that the reason for regrouping the customers of state-owned electricity company PLN was in anticipation of the increased production of electricity due to the 35,000 megawatt (MW) program expected to be achieved in 2019.
“Currently [the supply] is not so high, but in 2019, 2020, 2021 and up to 2025, we will at least have 40,000 MW of electricity,” said Jonan in Jakarta as reported by tempo.co on Wednesday.
He said the large supplies of electricity should not only be used by industry and other businesses, but also by households.Read also: Goverment seeks public opinion on PLN customers' regrouping
“Therefore, we want to increase the electrical supply to households,” he said, adding that in the future more electrical power would be needed by households for their equipment, including for recharging batteries of electric motorcycles and cars.
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.
PLN spokesman I Made Suprateka said the change in electrical power was optional for customers, meaning customers could reject the change.
The PLN will cover all costs to install new miniature circuit breakers that would cost between Rp 60,000 (US$4.43) and Rp 65,000 for each household, said Made, adding that 13 million customers were expected to receive higher electrical power. (bbn)