1% (extra tax) levy for electricity users from next month

PUTRAJAYA: About one out of four Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s (TNB)customers in peninsular Malaysia will have to pay a levy of 1% out of their total electricity bills starting Dec 1.

This follows the launch of the Government’s Feed-in Tariff (FiT) system for the development of renewable energy next month.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chinsaid electricity consumers, would contribute 1% of their total electricity bills to the Renewable Energy fund if they used more than 300kWh of electricity per month. The move will affect domestic users who run up bills of more than RM77.

This contribution is on top of the consumers’ monthly electricity bills.

“However, 75% of TNB’s customers who use less than 300kWh per month will be exempted,” said Chin after launching the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia office here.

The FiT system is a funding mechanism under the Renewable Energy Act, designed to encourage the development of renewable energy via cost-sharing among electricity consumers.

Under the FiT system, electricity distribution licensees like TNB are obliged to buy electricity produced from certain renewable energy producers.

Article Source http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/23/nation/9960533&sec=nation

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