Berita ani diambil dari akhbar The Brunei Times. Awal cerita nampak menggembirakan tapi baca sampai habis. Murah bagi sebahagian kecil tetapi mahal bagi sebahagian besar rakyat Brunei. Contohnya, penggunaan karan dirumah kami 1490 Kwh (kilo watt per hour). Mengikut takrif bil masa ini, aku perlu membayar $87.50 saja. Tapi mulai pada tahun 2012, aku dikenakan bil karan sebanyak $104.00 walaupun penggunaan karan adalah sama 1490 Kwh.? Alhamdulillah. Ya Allah.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
MORE? LESS than half? of the population of Brunei will be getting cheaper rates based on the new tariff system that will be implemented by the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office in 2012.
According to the permanent secretary of the Energy Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EDPMO), the reduction in the power bill will be mainly due to the first ‘block’ or ‘tier’ for the power rates.
Under the new tariff, there will be three tiers for power rates. The first tier, which covers consumption of up to 500 kilowatt hours, will cost $0.01 per kWh. In excess of the 500 kWh up to 1,500 kWh, power will cost $0.10 per kWh. The last tier, covering consumption of over 1,500 kWh, power will cost $0.15 per kWh.
This is a departure from the current system, which, according to the Department of Electrical Services’ website, charges $21.50 for the first 170 kWh, and $0.05 for every kWh thereafter.
Dato Paduka Hj Matsatejo Sokiaw, on the sidelines of the Brunei Energy Expo (BEE) 2011, illustrated how a current household bill which runs at $60 per month ends up lower under the new system.
“If the current tariff is $0.06 per unit, a $60 bill would mean 1,000 units (or kWh). So for the first 500 units, they pay $5, and from 501 to 1,000 units, they will pay $0.10 per unit, which means $50. So instead of a total bill of $60, they would pay only $55,” he explained.
On the other hand, higher consumption means higher bills under the new system. Running computations based on the data provided by the official, The Brunei Times found out that a household that uses 2,740 kWh will rack up a bill of $150 a month under the current system ($21.50 for the first 170 kWh + $128.50 for the remaining 2,570 kWh at $0.05 per kWh).
Under the new tariff, the same consumption would yield a power bill of $291 ($5 for the first 500 kWh, $100 for the next 1,000 kWh, and $186 for the remaining 1,240 kWh).
Dato Hj Matsatejo said that the new system would “definitely” raise awareness, and people would be more accountable for their actions.
“In that way, we are expecting after this introduction, it will save us 20 per cent in terms of demand. As people are more aware, they will be more accountable and we expect savings to be more,” he said.
The permanent secretary said that if the government doesn’t introduce this now, Brunei’s demand for power will continue to grow.
Escap’s 2009 Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific places the Sultanate’s household electricity consumption per capita stood at 878 kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2007 and 1,065 kWh in 2005.
When asked whether the new tariff will be punishing bigger families with eight to 10 members, Dato Hj Matsatejo said that in that case, not everyone would have their own room.
“Comfortable living is needed obviously, but not excessive. If you can afford to use it, then it’s morally right to pay a bit more, to pay for what you use,” he said.
The new tariff will still be a subsidised price, as compared to market prices in neighbouring countries where they pay $0.25 per kWh, he added.
“Our highest tier is still lower than some (countries in the region),” the energy official added.
Dato Hj Matsatejo encouraged the public to take a look at the simulation on display at their booth at the BEE, to estimate how much units they use a month in their household. “We just want to discourage excessive use and in actual fact, a normal house can be easily within $60,” he said.
Energy Minister Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar said that households that use energy-saving appliances can reduce power consumption by up to 60 per cent.
When asked about the pre-paid meters, he said that existing ones, which are calibrated to charge a flat rate of $0.06 per kWh, will be reprogrammed to accommodate the new pricing scheme.