Indonesian Government Has No Plans to Increase Household Electricity Capacity from 450 VA to 900 VA

- 19 September 2022 14:42 WIB
Two PLN workers inspecting a substation. (PLN)
Two PLN workers inspecting a substation. (PLN)

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif, assessed that the discourse of switching household customers from 450 VA to 900 VA is not appropriate at this time.

An upgrade to 900 VA power will increase household electricity bills nationwide.

"If the electric power goes up, there will definitely be an impact. Automatically, the payment will follow 900 VA. Now that's not clear, especially when it's stated at times like this. So it's sensitive," Arifin explained in a press statement, quoted on Monday, September 19, 2022.

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Arifin explained that the government has no plans to switch household electricity capacities from 450 VA to 900 VA. Currently, the government is focusing on making various efforts to improve the accuracy of the target of the 450 Volt Ampere (VA) electricity subsidy.

Data updates will be carried out carefully by taking into account the condition of the community at the national level.

"If the arrangement is right on target, we are in the process of directing it so that those who really receive and need it can benefit from it," said the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

The Covid-19 pandemic and changes in social conditions, continued Arifin, have changed the electricity subsidy data for 450 VA.

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"We have mapped it, but we have updated it again. Because of the Covid pandemic, the current conditions will definitely change. We have to update something," he explained.

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has mapped the electricity subsidy renewal data while still referring to the Social Welfare Integrated Data (DTKS) of the Ministry of Social Affairs.

Furthermore, the data will be re-verified in the field. This effort was carried out in accordance with recommendations from the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK), the Financial and Development Supervisory Agency (BPKP), and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).


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