The ERC orders electric utilities to “reduce monthly service fees” to mitigate the impact of the people.

Komkrit Tantravanich Mr Secretary General of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) As a spokesperson for the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) revealed that on 9 September 2022 the ERC had a decision to recognize the cost burden of the F charge for the period 2022-August. I like the calculation results of the estimate of FT for the period January – April 2023.Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) suffer in the following cases:

Case 1 The total FT fee charged for the period January – April 2023 was 224,98 satang per unit. Divided into retail FT, estimates reflecting costs in January – April 2023, totaling 158.31 satang per unit. and money collected gradually to compensate some of the actual costs, 66.67 satang per unit, for EGAT to receive the full refund within a year… million making electricity bill (excluding VAT) increased to 6.03 baht the unit.

Case 2 The total FT fee charged for the period January – April 2023 was 191.64 satang per unit. Divided into F, retail estimates reflecting costs in January – April 2023, totaling 158.31 satang per unit. and a gradual payment to partially offset the actual cost of 33.33 satang per unit in order for EGAT to receive the full refund within 2 years. million baht, making the electricity bill increased (excluding VAT) to 5.70 baht per unit.

case 3 The total FT fee charged for the period January – April 2023 was 158.31 satang per unit, with EGAT having to pay the actual cost on behalf of the people in the amount of 122,257 million baht. It increased (excluding VAT) to 5.37 baht per unit.

Mr Komkrit said that the electricity cost estimate is in accordance with the Energy Regulatory Commission’s publication on The process and procedure for using the automatic electricity rate adjustment formula with assumptions and The factors for considering the FT in the January period – April 2023 according to EGAT calculation results as follows:

1. Electricity supply during January – April 2023 is approximately 67,833 million units, an increase of 3,724 million units from the previous estimate (September – December 2022) and it is expected that 64,091 units of electricity will be supplied, or an increase of 5.84%. .

2. The proportion of fuel used to generate electricity during January – April 2023 still uses natural gas as the main fuel, which is 54.20% of all the fuel used to generate electricity. In addition, it is a purchase of electricity from abroad (Laos and Malaysia) totaling 13.81% and lignite EGAT 8.46% Coal fuel imported from private power plants 6.25% hydropower EGAT 3.48% Fuel oil (EGAT and IPP) 0.73% Diesel (EGAT and IPP) 0.73% P. and IPP) 6. and others 6.75%

3. The average fuel price used to calculate the FT in January – April 2023 changes from the projection in September – December 2022, with the fuel price of natural gas being the main fuel for electricity generation and the imported coal on average price has increased significantly from the period September-December 2022, while other fuels There was a slight upward trend and remained stable.

4. Average exchange rate used in a projection which uses the average exchange rate 1 month before making the projection (1 – 30 September 2012), which is equal to 37.00 baht per dollar Referring to information from the Bank of Thailand Thailand as a base, depreciating from the estimate for the period September – December 2012, which was estimated at 34.40 baht per dollar, which is 2.60 baht per dollar (an increase of 7.75%).

The electricity price situation in Thailand is still in a sensitive state and fluctuates in the price level. according to the situation of LNG prices and oil prices in the global market. The main factors affecting the cost of electricity and The full time fees charged throughout the year 2023 are as follows:

1. Natural gas uncertainty in the Gulf of Thailand and the tendency to be able to supply gas from the Erawan source to normal or near normal levels to mitigate the impact of LNG replacement

2. The reduction of natural gas resources in the west (in Myanmar), which may require the use of more liquefied natural gas or LNG to replace or find other forms of energy such as hydropower or other renewable energy to replace them

3. The price of LNG in the world market fluctuates at a very high level because the demand (demand) of LNG in the world market is still greater than the supply (Supply) and the market can have characteristics of such. Continue throughout the year 2023 as a result of Europe reducing gas imports from Russia and turning to buying LNG in the spot market and the gradual economic recovery of many countries Countries after the Covid-19 crisis led to a higher demand for energy, including Thailand.

4. Exchange rate (The baht against the US dollar) continues to depreciate and lead to the increase in fuel prices and the availability of payment of EGAT and IPP power plants.

5. Using diesel and fuel oil to replace natural gas can reduce LNG imports, but the use of oil still has a high impact on electricity costs compared to normal situations.

6. Restrictions on EGAT’s financial status and liquidity are another reason that could prevent the sector from responding to the policy of eventually installing a southern FT.

The OERC calls for economical and efficient management of the use of electricity and natural gas. efficient To be able to use the available energy for the greatest economic benefit, reduce the import of LNG or reduce the operation of the power plant with oil to be able to control and control the cost of fuel prices. This will make it possible to get through the energy price crisis effectively and revive the economy at the same time.

The ERC has reviewed the monthly service fee rates heard from stakeholders between October 3 – 17, 2022 and has agreed to adjust the monthly service fee to reduce Three types of electricity are used as follows:

1. Types of residential houses, using more than 150 units, including types of low-pressure residential houses, the original TOU rate was 38.22 baht / month to 24.62 baht / month.

2. Small businesses, low pressure, from 46.16 baht per month to 32.29 baht per month.

3. Water pumping business for agriculture, the TOU rate was from 228.17 baht per month to 204.07 baht per month.

anyway The OERC will speed up the coordination with the Electricity Distribution Department in order to reduce the monthly service fee.to come into force from January 1, 2023 onwards in order to mitigate the impact of the energy crisis Electricity users in the category of residential homes and other types of small businesses as well, said Mr Komkrit.

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