13 Sep

Textile Industry Demanding Promise PLN To Cut Electricity Tariff

Indonesian Textile Association (API) considers policy discount electricity rates by 30 percent throughout the morning, according to the content of policy packages Volume III, was never realized until now. Chairman of API Ade Sudradjat said, the industry initially happy with this policy.

The reason is, there are opportunities for cost-efficiency of production is significant, considering the electricity is one of the largest cost components.

According to Ade, the electrical load on the upstream textile industry ranging from 25 percent to 28 percent of the total component cost of production. Meanwhile, the electric load in the spinning and weaving industry each recorded 18 to 25 per cent and 15 to 22 percent of total production costs.

Over time, the dream of the industry’s efficiency just run aground. Because, PT PLN (Persero) bound Act (the Act) Corporation is a mention that PLN could not provide electricity tariffs are not in accordance with the economics.

As a result, the company stun the red plate can not discriminate in electricity tariffs from 23:00 until 08:00.

“We heard, PLN would implement this policy if there is a subsidy for the discount rate of 30 percent. Apparently, the government has no money to subsidize it. Therefore, until now the implementation is never the way, “said Ade to CNNIndonesia.com, Thursday (8/9).

Because it does not find a solution, then the association proposed a reduction in the price of gas for Gas Fired Power Plant (Power Plant) owned by PLN. Because the price of gas is declining can reduce electricity tariffs produced PLTGU.

If the request is granted, then a decrease in electricity rates PLTGU not only be enjoyed by the textile industry, since 30 percent of PLN’s power plant is running on gas. Nevertheless, Ade consider it not an incentive, given the facilities are not enjoyed by the industry directly.

“Rather than a dead end, we finally asked for lowering the price of gas as a primary energy, because the price of Indonesia at US $ 12 per MMBTU turned out to be more expensive than neighboring countries which only US $ 4 per MMBTU. If for example, gas prices could fall to US $ 8 per MMBTU, electricity rates will inevitably decline, “he explained.

Although discount electricity is not in line with expectations, Ade said that the program delay payment of utility bills up to 40 percent of the electricity bill first six or ten months running well.

However, this policy is considered as the wind passes. Indeed, at first the industry enjoy cheap electricity bills. However, because this is in arrears, then the industry will have to pay the bills that swell in the next period.

“Suppose I had arrears of electricity bills amounting to Rp3 billion. Later, 3 billion that will be paid gradually over a period of one year. That is, the electric bill no change, only different way of billing only. Thus, no effect is also to finance the company, “he said.

Having regard to the two programs, he considers related policy package volume III of electricity has not been successful over the last year.

“Yes, what can we do, there is no impact on any industry,” said Ade.




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