The Phnom Penh Post

Quarterly electricit­y bills for consumers in red zones: EdC

- Lay Samean

THE state-run Electricit­e du Cambodge (EdC) announced that from May onward it would issue electricit­y bills once every three months to consumers in the red zones or lockdown areas as EdC agents could not deliver the bills in person.

EdC director-general Keo Rottanak told The Post that EdC would take this temporary measure until the government lifts the lockdown.

“We could not enter all the red zones as some of them are still considered risky … In doing so, our brothers and sisters will not have to pay a high price for electricit­y,” he said.

Rottanak explained that from 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month and under it would cost 380 riel ($0.095) per kWh. From 11kWh to 50kWh it costs 480 riel. From 51 kWh to 200 kWh it costs 610 riel. From 201 kWh and over it costs 730 riel.

“EdC could not discount electricit­y costs during the lockdown because the costs were set, and the state made up for the losses already,” he said.

Rottanak affirmed that electricit­y bills would be calculated based on monthly consumptio­n as usual, as opposed to implementi­ng an average billing method.

“EdC has no choice but to temporaril­y release the bills once every three months to those customers. If they have the ability to pay it, we calculate it accordingl­y. But if they still lack the means to pay, they can pay it later,” he said, adding it does not mean that those who have not paid their bills will have electricit­y service cut off.

“We have no plans to cut off the electricit­y in the red, orange and yellow zones, especially brothers and sisters who run small businesses or workers and migrant workers or students staying in rented units,” Rottanak said.

In response to a request by Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority on May 8 decided not to charge for water for three months to workers and students in the lockdown areas.

 ?? HENG CHIVOAN ?? Electricit­y boxs are seen at a red zone in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.
HENG CHIVOAN Electricit­y boxs are seen at a red zone in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district.

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