The government decided to adjust the electricity tariff for customers above 3,500 VA. This decision had made a number of parties worried. PLN ensures that industrial and business customers will not be subject to electricity tariff adjustments. This step is taken to maintain the activities of the industrial and business sectors in order to firmly support the national economy. "The president's direction is clear, there will be no change in electricity tariffs for industry and business regardless of the power scale installed," said PLN President Director Darmawan Prasodjo.
He said that this policy was proof that the state was present in maintaining the national economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.
PLN's Vice President of Corporate Communications, Gregorius Adi Trianto, explained that these two sectors (industry and business) are divided into several groups. In the business sector, for example, it is divided into B1 to B3. B1 customers are the owners of shop houses, shops, or buildings that are used as places of business, with power below 6,600 Volt Ampere (VA). B1 customers are included in the category of customers who receive electricity subsidies from the government.
Meanwhile, B2 to B3 is a large business sector that covers the retail domain with power from 6,600 VA to above 200 kilo Volt Ampere (kVA). Examples of customers who fall into the B2 category with a power of 6,600-200 KVA include textile factories, warehousing and storage businesses, processing and preservation businesses, and so on.
PLN Ensures Business and Industrial Customers Do Not Experience an Increase in Electricity Tariffs (1)
While the B3 category with power above 200 KVA, for example, hotel apartments and shopping centers.
"Malls are in big cities. The government keeps electricity rates from rising for this sector so that the retail sector remains strong," said Gregorius.
As for the Industrial sector, it consists of 450 VA to 14 kVA which are members of group I1. This industry includes MSMEs, the majority of whom are home industries. During yesterday's pandemic, MSMEs were the foundation of the national economy.
"The government and PLN are very aware of the importance of this sector and ensure that there is no increase in production costs due to the increase in electricity tariffs," said Gregory.
Meanwhile, customers with power above 14 kVA to 200 kVA are I2 customers, for example the salt industry, plastic industry, and furniture.
Meanwhile, the industrial group with a power of more than 200 kVA to 30 MVA is included in group I3, for example the coffee processing industry to the drinking water industry.
Customers in category I4 with power above 30 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA) and above, such as the cement industry, smelter industry and other mineral industries.
"This large industry is very influential on the absorption of labor as well as the realization of investment absorption on state revenues, so the electricity tariff is decided to be fixed," added Gregorius.