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El Nino and meter change contributed to spike to electricity bills, says Ongkili

KUALA LUMPUR: The El Nino heat wave along with a meter change have indirectly caused a sharp spike in electricity bills for the public.

Energy, Green Technology, and Water Minister Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili (pix) said old electricity meters have a tendency of giving lower readings.

"The meter change also contributed slightly to the spike in electricity bulls. The old meters cannot record accurate readings and often give lower readings," Maximus told the Dewan Negara today.

He said 1,000 of the "smart meters" have already been installed in Putrajaya and Malacca as a pilot project by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and will eventually be installed nationwide.

The meters will allow real-time monitoring of electricity usage by consumers though a mobile phone application and also check their electricity bills.

Additionally, Maximus said, this coincided with the El Nino phenomenon, which caused consumers to use electronic appliances more.

"El Nino heavily influenced consumer habits in using electronic appliances, especially air conditioners, which contributed significantly to electricity bills," he said.

Maximus was answering an oral question by Senator Datuk Khairuddin Samad, who asked if the Ministry had investigated widespread complaints of sudden electricity bill hikes in recent months.


Source - The Sun Daily