New power rates for Sarawak firms
KUCHING: Commercial and industrial consumers will have to pay more for electricity from April 1, when the new Syarikat Sesco Bhd tariff comes into effect.
Sesco chairman Datuk Abdul Hamed Sepawi said the state government had approved the new rates to reflect the actual cost of electricity supply to consumers.
According to him, the average increase for a commercial consumer would be about 4% while industrial consumers, whose rates had remained unchanged for 20 years, will see a higher increase of about 25%.
This (25% increase) represents an increase of 1.12% per year and is lower than the increase in the consumer price index (CPI), which has been averaging over 2% per annum for the last decade, he said in a statement yesterday.
Hamed, however, said the majority of consumers in the domestic and C1 commercial categories would not be affected by the new tariff.
Abdul Hamed added that in addition to this, Sesco would maintain its reduction of 10 sen/kWh (kilowatt-hour) for domestic consumers, who use less than 100kWh a month, so as not to burden the low-income group.
The new rates will be published in local newspapers and will also be available at Sescos customer service counters throughout Sarawak
Hope this may not be another reason for price increase in goods…