Electrical power sales in January up 7.54 percent

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - State electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) saw its electrical power sale growing 7.54 percent in January 2016, compared to the same month last year.

The growth is relatively high as power sales never grew by more than 3.7 percent during 2015, acting chief of the companys corporate communication unit Agung Murdifi said here on Wednesday.

"Total electrical power sales in January 2016 reached 17.57 TWh (Terra Watt hour), while these stood at only 16.34 TWh in January 2015," he said.

He said power sales to industrial subscribers grew by 2.28 percent in January 2016. Till December 2015, these were recorded at minus 4.31 percent.

Electrical power consumption by large scale industries (I4) grew by 6.21 percent to 1.2 TWh in January 2016, compared to minus 0.28 percent in the same month last year, he said.

The large-scale industries include textile, tire, cement, steel, electronic, synthetic fiber and chemical industries.

Power sales to the I4 group increased as electricity tariffs fell 4.1 percent in January 2016 compared to the same month last year, he said.

He said power sales the group of medium-scale industries (I3) also increased in January 2016 after it fell 6.5 percent in January 2015.

The other factor responsible for the increase in power sales to industrial subscribers is the third tranche of economic policy package issued in October 2015 that included promotion program outside load factor time, namely 11.00 p.m. to 08.00 a.m.(*)

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