999 mil­lion MNT dis­counted from ger area elec­tric­ity bill

The UB Post - - Front Page - By B.OCHIRJAMAA

The Ulaan­baatar Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Net­work says it pro­vided dis­counts worth 999 mil­lion MNT to al­most 110,000 fam­i­lies through the night­time tar­iff pro­gram in Novem­ber.

The gov­ern­ment de­cided to stop charg­ing for night­time usage of elec­tric­ity in 2017 to sup­port ger area fam­i­lies and pro­mote the use of elec­tric­ity to re­place smog-pro­duc­ing stoves. The dis­count was of­fered in Novem­ber last year and will con­tinue through April 1, 2019.

Ac­cord­ing to Head of Pric­ing and Mar­ket De­part­ment at the En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion N.Bolor-Er­dene, fam­i­lies liv­ing in ger ar­eas of eight dis­tricts of Ulaan­baatar, provin­cial cen­ters and soums with a pop­u­la­tion of more than 10,000 peo­ple are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive the 100 per­cent dis­count on night­time elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion. In par­tic­u­lar, the night­time tar­iff is for elec­tric­ity used be­tween 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

“220 volt­age con­sumers will re­ceive 100 per­cent dis­count if they use no more than 700 kilo­watts per hour at night for a month, 50 per­cent dis­count if they ex­ceed this amount. On the other hand, 380 volt­age users will re­ceive 100 per­cent dis­count if they use no more than 1,500 kilo­watts per hour, but 50 per­cent dis­count if they ex­ceed this amount. As for those liv­ing out­side the cap­i­tal, they will all re­ceive a 50 per­cent dis­count,” said N.Bolor-Er­dene.

Fam­i­lies liv­ing in ger ar­eas are ad­vised to have sep­a­rate meters for their day­time and night­time elec­tric­ity use. Re­port­edly, over 90 per­cent of house­holds in Ulaan­baatar’s ger ar­eas have two elec­tric meters.

Head of Sales Pol­icy De­part­ment at the Ulaan­baatar Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Net­work D.Saranchimeg clar­i­fied a few things about the night­time tar­iff.

“Con­sumers aren’t re­quired to sign a new con­tract (to ap­ply for night­time tar­iff dis­count). Fam­i­lies that have signed with the Ulaan­baatar Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Net­work and have day­time and night­time meters will be able to im­me­di­ately re­ceive the dis­count. Peo­ple in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing the dis­count need to pay at­ten­tion to two things. First, they must not have pend­ing elec­tric­ity bills. So if you haven’t paid your elec­tric­ity bill, make sure to pay it be­fore ap­ply­ing,” she said.

“Se­condly, fam­i­lies must be well pro­tected from elec­tri­cal and fire haz­ards. This means, not overus­ing your elec­tric­ity and in­su­lat­ing wires,” D.Saranchimeg ad­vised.

Al­most 80 per­cent of the Air Pol­lu­tion Re­duc­tion Fund is be­ing spent to pro­vide night­time elec­tric­ity dis­counts and mak­ing up for the loss.

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