PUTRAJAYA: The electricity tariff for next year will be made known sometime this week, with the government announcing domestic users with outstanding payments will not have power supply to their homes cut until March 31.
Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said an announcement would be made in the next few days.
“We will announce this week,” he said after attending the ministry’s monthly gathering yesterday.
Shamsul was tight-lipped when asked to give some indication on what consumers could expect.
In September, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) projected a slightly lower electricity tariff next year following the reduction in the cost of production of coal and gas currently.
Its president/chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan was quoted as saying that the tariff rate would depend on the Energy Commission, which would make a detailed evaluation before proposing it to the Cabinet.
On the decision not to cut power supply for domestic users with outstanding bills, Shamsul said the reprieve was given to those with dues not more than six months.
The decision was agreed to by TNB and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd and the move will benefit 6.94 million domestic users in the peninsula and 500,000 domestic accounts in Sabah with overdue payments of between one and six months.
“This is an effort to assist people during challenging times where the economy has taken a hit due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Those given the reprieve can settle their bills in instalments for six months from Jan 1 to June 30.
“Other electricity users can also discuss with the two power companies to see how best to settle their payments,” said Shamsul.