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A Million Dollar Monthly Power Bill

Bali State Power Utility Reveals Interesting Facts about Producing and Selling Electrical Power.


Bali News: A Million Dollar Monthly Power Bill
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(7/10/2007)

Of the more than Rp. 100 billion (approximately US$11 million) in electric billings issued each month by the State electrical Board (PLN) in Bali, the biggest single consumer of kilowatts is the Ngurah Rai International Airport.

According to a report from the National News Agency - Antara, the airport's monthly electrical bills amounts to more than US$1 Million or Rp. 10 billion, or nearly 10% of PLN's island business.

PLN estimates they have 700,000 customers in Bali with only 8% of that total qualifying as "large customers" Ė those with aggregate monthly billings amounting to Rp. 40 billion of total billings to all Bali customers.

Losing Money

PLN estimates that the cost of producing a kilowatt-hour of electricity is Rp. 718 (approximately US$0.079). Meanwhile the selling price of the same kilowatt-hour stands at Rp. 690, resulting in an ongoing operating loss for the State Power Company (PLN).


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