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Jakarta Post

PLN projects lower electricity consumption over coronavirus

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 26, 2020   /  11:55 am
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Several technicians of state-owned electricity company PLN replace a damaged isolator in Jakarta.(The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

State-owned electricity company PLN projects lower consumption by corporate users this year as worries over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus has caused a significant decline in trade and industrial activities. PLN's executive vice president in charge of marketing and customer service, Edison Sipahutar, estimates electricity consumption will fall between 0.6 percent and 1.2 percent in 2020  from 245.52 terawatt-hours (TWh), assuming sluggish factory, office and retail activities continue over the next nine months. “Household electricity consumption will increase but we also expect a decrease in business and industry consumption,” Edison told The Jakarta Post on Monday (23/3). He said that, next month alone, household consumption is projected to rise by up to 2 percent while industrial and business consumption decreases as much as 2.4 percent and 1.8 per...