85% of households in Peninsular Malaysia will not be affected by electricity tariff adjustments

PETALING JAYA: The seven million domestic consumers in Peninsular Malaysia will not be affected by the electricity tariff adjustments from Jan 1 to June 30 2024, says the Energy Commission.

This translates to 85% of domestic users in Peninsular Malaysia.

“Therefore, some 99% or 8.2 million domestic users will continue to enjoy subsidies from the government. However, the surcharges remain for non-domestic users,” the commission said in a statement on Friday(Dec 22).

The Energy Commission said the government agreed to revise electricity tariffs under the Imbalance Cost Pass-Through mechanism. This also entailed targeted subsidies for users in the Peninsular, except for the Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah.

For domestic users using 600 kilowatts per hour(kWh) and below, the 2 sen rebate per kWh remains. Those using between 600 kWh and 1,500 kWh will not be subjected to a surcharge.

For those using 1,500 kWh and more, the surcharge remains at 10 sen per kWh. For example, for 1,500 kWh, the electricity bill will amount to RM738.20.

For non-domestic users in the commercial and low voltage industrial, specific agriculture, water and sewerage categories, the surcharge remains at 3.70sen/kWh.

Aside from the categories above, non-domestic users will continue to be imposed a surcharge of 17 sen/kWh.

The government has allocated RM1.9bil in subsidies for the affected users to minimise the surcharge impacts for the first six months of next year.

The commission advised users to refer to their monthly electricity bills to monitor their usage and subsidies given. Users can also estimate their monthly electricity bills for the future through the electricity tariff calculator, which is available online.

The National Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said in June 2023 that the government had allocated RM5.2bil for the electricity subsidy in line with the tariff adjustment.

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