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A Million Dollar Monthly Power Bill

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

(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" 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).