Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The government, in this case the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), has agreed with the DPR’s Budget Agency (Banggar) regarding the plan to re-implement electricity tariffs. adjustment (adjusted tariffs) for non-subsidized customers in 2022, after the application of this tariff was withheld or stopped since 2017.
This was conveyed by the Director General of Electricity at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Rida Mulyana.
In an interview with CNBC Indonesia, Monday (11/29/2021), he said that the government together with Banggar DPR RI agreed to tariff adjustment will be implemented in 2022 when the Covid-19 pandemic improves.
“In 2022 will it be implemented tariff adjustment? So we agree with Banggar that if Covid-19 improves in the future, hopefully, we will agree with the House of Representatives with compensation. tariff adjustment given only six months, then adjusted,” said Rida to CNBC Indonesia, Monday (29/11/2021).
“It means that even now, it seems as if I have received electricity subsidies from the state. It’s a bit embarrassing, yes, but the facts are like that,” he continued.
Keep in mind, tariff adjustment is the electricity tariff for 13 groups of non-subsidized customers of PT PLN (Persero). Supposedly, electricity rates for non-subsidized customers could fluctuate or go up or down every three months adjusted to at least three factors, namely the exchange rate (exchange rate), crude oil prices (ICP), and inflation.
If the three factors or assumptions increase, then the electricity tariff should also be increased according to the realization of the three factors. And vice versa, if the three factors decrease, then the electricity tariff can go down.
However, the government withheld the implementation of the scheme tariff adjustment This has been going on since 2017 on the grounds that people’s purchasing power is still low. As a result, the government must compensate PT PLN (Persero) for the difference between the Basic Cost of Supply (BPP) of electricity or the economic tariff with the tariff set by the government for non-subsidized customers.
In the future, he added, there will be review from tariff adjustment this. In determining tariff adjustment According to him, many parties are involved because this will have an impact on inflation, and others.
“But we, as the Director General, prepare the assumptions of funds and scenarios, the decision is of course to the leadership,” he said.
Previously, Rida had conveyed this in a Working Meeting at the Budget Agency (Banggar) of the DPR RI, Wednesday (7/4/2021). He conveyed the government’s plan to change the electricity tariff calculation scheme.
According to him, since 2017 the government has imposed a fixed tariff and is currently going to apply it tariff adjustment. The goal, to reduce the burden of the state budget.
So far, the state through the state budget must pay the difference in the selling price of electricity or compensation to PT PLN (Persero).
“Since 2017, we haven’t changed the electricity tariff. And for this segment, we call it compensation, which is paid annually by the state budget to PLN,” he said.
Rida explained that PLN currently has 38 groups of customers. A total of 25 groups get subsidies and 13 groups or 41 million customers do not get subsidies.
It is these 13 non-subsidized customer groups whose electricity rates have not been changed by the government, so the government must compensate PT PLN (Persero) when there are changes in exchange rates, ICP, and inflation.
Therefore, with the scheme tariff adjustment At this time, the increase in electricity tariffs is estimated to start increasing from Rp. 18 thousand to Rp. 101 thousand per month according to class.
“If it’s changed, it’s an increase of Rp. 18 thousand per month (900 VA), 1,300 VA, an increase of Rp. 10,800 per month. Then, then the R2 (2,200 VA) may increase by Rp. 31 thousand per month. R3 (3,300 VA) increases by Rp. 101 thousand per month. So on,” he explained.