By: Tsai Peng-min and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 12 (CNA) Summer electricity rates in Taiwan will go into effect starting June 1 and last until Sept. 30 to encourage users to reduce power consumption during the peak summer months.
Taiwan has introduced higher electricity rates during the summer months since 1989, with rates this year reaching up to 27 percent higher than standard rates from October to May, the website of state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) showed.
Consumers with average household energy consumption of 300 kilowatt hours (kWh) per month during the non-summer period are expected to use an average of 40 percent more electricity, or 420 kWh, per month during the summer.
As a result, consumers who use a total of 420 kWh of electricity per month will pay NT$440 (US$14.20) more per month during the summer, while those who use 1,000 kWh of power a month will see their bills go up by NT$656 a month, based on Taipower estimates. [FULL STORY]