PLN Says Indonesia's Electricity Consumption Lower than Neighboring Nations

25 November 2022 22:35 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaExecutive vice president of commercial management at state-run electricity company PLN, Muhammad Munif Budiman, said Indonesia’s electricity consumption is still low compared to neighboring countries. Its consumption per capita only reached around 1,150 kWh.

"While in fact, the price of electricity per kWh is relatively cheaper than other countries in Southeast Asia," Munif said in a virtual public discussion on Friday, November 25, 2022.

Indonesia's average electricity tariff is US$0.101 per kWh, while Vietnam is at US$0.107 per kWh, Thailand at US$0.107 per kWh, Cambodia at US$0.134 per kWh, the Philippines at US$165 per kWh, and Singapore is at US$195 per kWh.

However, Munif said that people's electricity consumption has started to increase after the pandemic. The company noted that power consumption in October 2022 rose by 10 percent. This year's figure as of October 2022 increased by 13 percent compared to the average monthly and cumulative consumption of October for the last 5 years (2017-2021). 

The power consumption in 2022 was predicted to grow by 5.44 percent. Budiman said that PLN continued to encourage national power consumption through both consumptive and productive programs, such as the electrifying agriculture program.

PLN also took advantage of the potential of a green lifestyle through the induction stove program and other household electrical appliances, as well as collaborated with other SOEs to switch the use of fuel oil to electric energy.

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