The high demand for electricity in the hot season and the progressive retail price list for domestic electricity according to 6 steps has caused the electricity bills of many households to double or even triple in the previous months.
According to the electricity industry, electricity bills in the coming time may continue to increase in the Central and Northern regions when it is at the peak of the heat.
If the bill is high, people can report it to EVN and request an independent inspection of the electricity meter – Photo: NGOC HIEN/ Youth
More than 40% of customers “jump” the high price
Mr. Phong’s family, living in District 7 (HCMC) has received an electricity bill in May with the consumption of 749kWh, the highest since the beginning of the year. Electricity to pay nearly 2.3 million dong. Meanwhile, in the first 3 months of the year, Mr. Phong only paid about 1 million VND per month for electricity.
Mr. Phong wondered in May the electricity bill increased by nearly 130% even though the electricity index had only increased by less than double.
Comparing the daily consumption index via the app, Mr. Phong discovered that in the previous months, his family had only risen to level 6 with only a few electricity numbers, while in May the electricity billed at this high price was up to 394kWh. The amount that he had to pay for level 6 was more than 1.1 million dong.
However, according to the annual electricity consumption chart, it was not until June that Phong’s family peaked with the amount of electricity last year reaching nearly 2.6 million dong.
Similarly, Mr. Trinh Van Kien (living in District 12) also said that his family received an increased electricity bill in April. According to Mr. Kien, his family did not install new equipment, but the electricity bill in April jumped to 1.5 million dong, while in March, it was just over 1 million dong.
Responding to Tuoi Tre, Mr. Bui Trung Kien – deputy general director of HCMC Electricity Corporation (EVNHCMC) – said that in the hot season, people consume more electricity, leading to more than 880,000 customers in the city. electricity bills in April increased over 1.3 times compared to the previous month and 220,000 customers had electricity bills in May increased over 1.3 times compared to April. In which, up to 41.52% customers Living in Ho Chi Minh City “jumps” to electricity at the high price ladder from level 5 and above (prices from 2,834 – 2,927 VND/kWh).
The reason for the increase in electricity bills
Statistics from EVNHCMC show that from the end of April until now, the city’s electricity consumption has remained at a high level, reaching 90.69 million kWh/day at one point, surpassing the record mark in April 2019. In addition, the weekly electricity consumption from May 10 to May 16 is also the highest ever, equaling 153% of the weekly average of February.
EVNHCMC said that the record-breaking electricity consumption plus the “jumping” factor on the electricity price scale was the compound reason for the high increase in electricity bills in April and May compared to March. In which, EVNHCMC said know cases where consumption from less than 200 kWh/month has increased to over 200kWh/month corresponding to the high price ladders from level 4 to 6 with an increase of more than 150% with step 1.
Mr. Bui Trung Kien said that hot weather leads to increased electricity consumption. In particular, the electricity consumption of air conditioners accounts for 28-64%, sometimes up to 80% of the electricity costs of the whole family. According to Mr. Kien, when electricity consumption increases, combined with the way electricity prices are calculated according to the current ladder, people’s electricity bills increase even more.
Talking to Tuoi Tre, Mr. Vo Quang Lam, deputy general director of Electricity of Vietnam (EVN), also said that at the peak of the heat, electricity consumption increased, many customers had “jumping” electricity indicators. Moving to higher price ladders leads to higher electricity bills.
Although people use electricity increased sharply in the hot season, Mr. Lam said that the number of customers using less than 200kWh/month (from level 1 to level 3) accounts for 67%, while the number of people using more than 200kWh/month. month (tier 3 to level 6) only accounts for 33%, which is only 1/3 of the total 28 million customers of EVN.
Quickly reduce the number of progressive stairs
From 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has proposed to adjust the retail electricity tariff for domestic use in the direction of reducing the number of steps or applying it to 5 instead of 6 as currently, but so far these proposals have not made any progress.
Dr. Nguyen Phuc Khai, deputy head of the department of electrical and electronic engineering (Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology) – said that it is necessary to calculate the time to maintain the ladder more reasonable with 5 steps instead of 6 steps as currently now on.
Mr. Tran Dinh Long, vice chairman of the Vietnam Electricity Association, also agreed that it was necessary to reduce the price of electricity for daily life. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has proposed a change to combine the first 2 steps into 5 levels, but Mr. Long said that it has not changed much.
Therefore, Mr. Long proposed to maintain only 3 levels with the criterion that EVN’s total revenue from commercial electricity remains unchanged. According to Mr. Long, enthusiastic experts have repeatedly suggested that electricity prices should be reviewed every 6 months for adjustment and the Ministry of Industry and Trade needs to listen to whether electricity prices increase or decrease. “The adjustment of the electricity price keeps holding back, the longer it is held, the more sudden the adjustment will be. If the price changes are frequent, the jump will be more acceptable” – Mr. Long emphasized.
Mr. Vo Quang Lam said that the development and issuance of the retail electricity tariff is under the authority of the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the ministry has developed adjustment plans and widely consulted from 2020, but due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Pause for comments. According to Mr. Lam, in the immediate future, it is still necessary to maintain the retail electricity tariff for daily life according to 6 levels.
Mr. Vo Quang Lam said that last year, electronic meters nationwide only accounted for 52-54%, but so far the number of electronic meters has accounted for more than 60%, especially in some units in Ho Chi Minh City, the Central region and Vietnam. Hanoi has over 90% of electronic meters. As a result, index misrepresentation has been significantly reduced.
With the installation of an electronic meter, Mr. Lam affirmed that people can view the index through applications of the electricity industry, monitor the amount of electricity used daily to adjust the usage level, helping to make the electricity index transparent. .
In addition, EVN has also studied models of advanced countries and provided online tools for people to calculate and estimate electricity consumption compared to reality at https://uoctinhdiennang.evn.com .VN.
According to Tuoi Tre newspaper