TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Energy and Natural Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif confirmed that the electricity tariff will increase starting next year, especially for non-subsidized electricity customers.
“We will adjust the rate for those who are capable [of paying the bill]. Hopefully, the rate for the industry will be stable,” said Arifin at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment office, Jakarta, Tuesday, November 19.
Arifin said that his staffers are still discussing the hike for non-subsidized groups with the electric capacity of 900 volt-ampere. He did not deny that the raise will be set Rp29,000 per month.
“That’s not a high increase,” said Arifin shortly, adding that the decision will take into effect immediately.
Earlier, the Director-General of Electricity at the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, Rida Mulyana, announced that the electricity tariff hike will be valid per January 1, 2020.
Rida ensured that the hike will not be significant as it will be under Rp1,000 per day. According to her, the figure was adjusted based on the electricity cost paid by the 1,300 VA household groups. However, she stopped short of detailing whether the plan will be revised or not.
The government asserted that the electricity subsidy in 2020 will only be provided for the 450 VA household groups and poor households using 900 VA in accordance with the latest integrated poverty database (DTPPFM).
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