New power metering to benefit users

PETALING JAYA: In an effort to boost usage of solar energy and reduce energy cost, the government is introducing the new Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 programme that will benefit residential, commercial and industrial users.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (pic) said NEM 3.0, which will be effective from next year to 2023, would have three new programmes – NEM Rakyat, NEM GoMEn and Nova.

Under NEM Rakyat, residential users who have installed the photovoltaic (PV) system will enjoy an offset rate of “one-to-one” for 10 years and they will practise the concept of self-consumption after the period ends.

The one-to-one offset ratio means that one credit equals up to RM0.51 per kilowatt for domestic tariffs.

As an example, if one unit of energy is generated in excess for the current month, then the user will be charged for less than one unit of energy the following month.

Meanwhile, self-consumption applies when electricity is being generated for own usage and any excess is not allowed to be exported to the grid.

About 10,000 to 25,000 Tenaga Nasional domestic account holders or between 40,000 and 100,000 households in Peninsular Malaysia would enjoy electricity bill reduction under this programme, said Shamsul in a statement yesterday.

“Quota applications for this programme can be made to the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda) from Feb 1,2021, to Dec 31,2023, ” he added.

For the New GoMEn (Government Ministries and Entities) programme, the ministry said government buildings equipped with the PV system would implement the concept of “one-to-one” offset rate for 10 years and they, too, would adopt the self-consumption concept after the 10-year period.

About 100 government agencies in Peninsular Malaysia would enjoy a reduction in electricity bills amounting to RM6mil a month, said Shamsul.

“Quota applications for this programme can be made to Seda beginning Feb 1,2021, until Dec 31,2023, ” he said.

Meanwhile, to assist commercial and industrial electricity users who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, he said Nova (Net Offset Virtual Aggregation) would help entrepreneurs and local companies to lower electricity bills and the cost of doing business.

According to Shamsul, users under this category will be able to sell extra energy generated by the PV solar system at a market rate or a system marginal price as an energy credit in the following month’s electricity bill.

Users under this category will also be able to offset extra electrical energy through “virtual aggregation” for up to three electricity bills under the same owner.

Quota applications for the Nova programme can be made to Seda from Feb 1,2021 to Dec 31,2023, or until all quotas are distributed.

“Details of this programme will be announced before applications are opened.

“The government hopes that the implementation of NEM 3.0 will enable more Malaysians, government agencies, companies and local entrepreneurs to be involved in the country’s latest energy development aside from reducing electricity bills to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, ” he said.

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