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Jakarta Post

PLN projects fall in electricity consumption due to coronavirus

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 28 2020   /  01:37 am

State-owned electricity firm PLN projects lower consumption by corporate users this year as worries over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus have 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 by between 0.6 percent and 1.2 percent in 2020 from 245.52 terawatt-hours, assuming factory, office and retail activities remain sluggish 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.

He said that, next month alone, household consumption was projected to rise by up to 2 percent, while industrial and business consumption would decrease by 2.4 percent and 1.8 percent, respectively.<...