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Jakarta Post

Blackout victims to get up to 35% discount on electricity bill

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman
    Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 6, 2019   /   09:12 pm
Blackout victims to get up to 35% discount on electricity bill A man sits in his shop with a candle and emergency lamp during a major blackout in Jakarta on Aug. 5. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Tens of millions of customers of state electricity firm PLN who were impacted by the recent major blackout on Java Island will receive compensation in the form of an electricity bill discount of up to 35 percent.

PLN acting president director Sripeni Inten Cahyani said Tuesday that the discount would be applied to customers' September bill.

"Subsidized customers will get a 20 percent discount off their electricity bill next month and non-subsidized customers will get a 35 percent discount," she said after a meeting with lawmakers at the House of Representatives. 

Sripeni said the amount of compensation for each customer was based on Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No. 27/2017 on service quality level and the cost of electricity distribution by PLN. 

For prepaid customers, the ministry's director general for electricity Rida Mulyana said previously that the compensation would be given as an addition to their balance in September.

"When the customer inputs a prepaid voucher, the balance will automatically increase," he said at the ministry's office.

PLN has calculated the number of impacted customers to be 21.9 million, with the total amount of compensation to be paid out standing at Rp 839 billion (US$58.7 million).

Based on the firm's blackout compensation data that circulated in the press, West Java has the most impacted customers, at 14.28 million, and a total of Rp 362.5 billion to be paid in compensation.

Jakarta has the second most, with 4.47 million impacted customers and total compensation of Rp 311.78 billion, whilst Banten's impacted customers stood at 3.22 million with Rp 165.6 billion in compensation.

In terms of customers, households were the most impacted clients with a total of 20.4 million customers and total compensation at Rp 346.92 billion. 

Followed by industry, business, public services, social services, special services and rail transportation companies at Rp 229.63 billion, Rp 214.99 billion, Rp 28.43 billion, Rp 11.69 billion, Rp 6.43 billion and Rp 1.79 billion, respectively.