Tue, 05 Apr 2011

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:Businessmen have asked for a 40 50 percent discount on electricity usage at night. “We need additional investments to move the work capacity from the peak burden to the evening,” Indonesian Textile Association chairman Ade Sudrajat, said yesterday.

This request was in response to state electricity company PT PLN offering a 20 percent discount for companies to shift their electricity usage to the evening.

Besides adding the machine capacity at night, businessmen must also pay extra for the workers. The additional investment must provide returns in 3-4 years, said Ade. “If the discount for night electricity usage is only 20 percent, that’s not appealing,” he said.

PLN’s business division head Benny Marbun, said the company was ready to offer a 50 percent discount, but it would be calculated from the additional electricity burden outside peak-hour usage.