Friday, May 10, 2013

SEDA Malaysia clarifies on 1% surcharge in electricity bills

Lately, people have been talking in the negative tones and putting the 1% levy on electricity bills in a bad light.

The social media talked about this surcharge as 'an increase in the electricity bills' that is inevitable as the government is looking to recover some of its expenses in the run up to the election. This is NOT TRUE.

I have been following the FiT Scheme development in Malaysia and the 1% surcharge is imposed only on consumers consuming higher-than-average energy - as a rough guideline, consumers with monthly bill of RM77 and above.

This is what SEDA Malaysia has to say:

KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 (Bernama) -- The Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia has clarified that the one per cent surcharge in electricity bills is a contribution towards the Renewable Energy (RE) Fund for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) mechanism, which commenced on Dec 1, 2011.

SEDA Malaysia today issued a statement to clarify the purpose of the surcharge imposed by Tenaga Nasional Bhd in its electricity bills to consumers.

Chief Executive Officer Badriyah Abdul Malek said: "This clarification is necessary because we noticed that the surcharge has become an issue in the online social network over the past few weeks.

"The main function of the RE Fund is to pay the tariff for the electricity generated from renewable sources by renewable energy producers and individuals under the FiT mechanism, which is managed and administered by SEDA Malaysia," she said.

The fund, established through the enforcement of the Renewable Energy Act 2011, is an important part of the FiT mechanism to spearhead the growth of renewable energy in the country.

The public is urged to seek clarification with SEDA Malaysia on any questions regarding the one per cent surcharge.
Source: SEDA website.

TheGreenMechanics: Don't take the stories in the social media at face value.


teh ramuan said...

sebenarnya aku macam rasa tak puas hati je dengan hal ni
tapi nak buat macam mana

de engineur said...

Ada alternative lain sebenarnya. The govt can set aside fund specifically for this FiT scheme. Tak perlu ambil/pungut dari org ramai.

thomas said...

Like what you say,setting aside separate fund for it will be better
and consumer should be told and educated about SEDA through the media,FB,twitter etc,because a lot of people don't watch local tv and read local paper anymore.