FEA Sub­sidy

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

Has­mukh Pa­tel, Fiji Elec­tric­ity Author­ity chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

I re­fer to a let­ter ti­tled ‘FEA Sub­sidy’ pub­lished in the Fiji Sun on Wed­nes­day April 27, 2016, un­der the sec­tion ‘Your Views, writ­ten by Mr Nirb­hay Singh. For your in­for­ma­tion we have replied to the Con­sumer Coun­cil of Fiji. FEA would like to in­form Mr Singh that since the Govern­ment sub­sidy was im­ple­mented a few years ago the daily av­er­age was in place and ex­plained at the back of the bill. The back of the bill prior to 2016 had the fol­low­ing ex­pla­na­tion:

Do­mes­tic Tar­iff Cents per unit. Less than or equal to 85 kWh per month, i.e. 2.79 units/ day, tak­ing one month to be equal to (365 days/12 months) days which works out to 30.42 days. From Jan­uary 2016 the new cri­te­ria was in­serted where con­sump­tion must be less than or equal to 95kWh/month and there must be a com­bined house­hold in­come of less than or equal to to $30,000/an­num. The back of the bill for Jan­uary 2016 and Fe­bru­ary 2016 is be­low:

Do­mes­tic Tar­iff Cents per unit. Less than or equal to 95 kWh per month & com­bined house­hold in­come is less than or equal to $30,000 if cus­tomer has reg­is­tered and en­ti­tled for new Govern­ment sub­sidy. To­wards the end of March 2016 we in­cluded the daily av­er­age as a few cus­tomers with con­sump­tion less than or equal to to 95k were still not clear with the daily av­er­age con­cept. The back of the bill was re­vised to­wards the end of March 2016 as shown be­low and will re­main as such un­til there is an­other change. This clearly ex­plains to the cus­tomer the daily av­er­age of 3.12 units/day.

Do­mes­tic Tar­iff Cents per unit. Less than or equal to 95 kWh per month, i.e. 3.12 units/ day, tak­ing 1 month to be equal to (365 days/12 months) days which works out to 30.42days with a com­bined house­hold in­come less than or equal to $30,000. This only ap­plies if the cus­tomer has reg­is­tered and qual­i­fies for the new Govern­ment sub­sidy.

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