Taipower to Propose Plan on Raising Electricity Price|台電將提電價調整方案 經部傾向凍漲


State-owned Taiwan Power Company estimates that it will propose a new plan to the Ministry of Economic Affairs on adjusting electricity prices. Even though details have yet to be finalized, many estimate that, based on the current international oil prices, the electricity price will see an increase of between 5 percent and 6 percent.


Places such as this shaved ice dessert shop must keep their fridge running 24 hours a day to ensure all of the ingredients are fresh. The owner feels that the possible hike in electricity price would bring much added cost to running her business.


(All my equipment) must be kept running 24 hours a day. I never unplug them because all the materials and the drinks must be kept cool or frozen. If the electricity price raise again, I'll need to increase the cost of each item by NT$5.

Currently standing at NT$2.6253 per kilowatt hour, electricity prices have been kept unchanged since this April. As a result, Taipower has been operating at a loss of NT$29.7 billion this year. Despite an earlier statement from the Ministry of Economic Affairs on having no pressure to raise electricity prices, many speculate that the price will see an increase of between 5 percent and 6 percent based on the current international oil prices. Meanwhile, there have also been rumors that the ministry plans to hold the electricity prices steady ahead of the 2020 Presidential Elections.

(The current electricity price) does not take into consideration the price fluctuation in the summer, as well as the international oil prices in the next few months. Our calculation of the electricity price includes a guarantee of 5 percent revenue, and we also have a stabilization fund. Therefore, Taipower won't likely be operating at a loss.

The electricity price will eventually be decided after a discussion (of the Electricity Price Committee). The decision could also factor in the mathematical formula. Preparations have been made to keep the potential growth steady.

Economics Minister Shen Jong-chin stresses that he anticipates Taipower could see an increase in their revenue after the summer electricity rates kick in. Adding to that stabilization fund, Taipower will unlikely see an operating loss. Meanwhile, Taipower has said that electricity price is decided by the Electricity Price Committee and that they will follow suit once the decision is made.




將一樣樣剉冰的配料煮好放涼,準備待會通通放進冰箱保存確保新鮮,這家冰店不論是冰塊、原物料、食材24小時通通都需要用冰箱、冷凍設備來保存,一聽到10月電價可能要調漲,讓老闆娘相當無奈。

冰店老闆娘表示:「(設備)24小時都從來都沒有拔過電,因為那個飲料啦,還有物料,有的都是要冷藏冷凍,如果(電價)再漲的話,我就可能差不多每一種(品項),都要再漲個5塊左右。」

由於今年4月電價連二凍,目前每度平均2.6253元,造成台電上半年大虧297億元,雖然經濟部曾預估10月電價沒有調漲壓力,但因為近期天然氣價還是貴,如果以國際燃料價格及台電電價公式預估,電價調幅可能會在5%至6%之間,但因為明年1月大選在即,傳出經濟部已傾向持續凍漲。

經濟部長沈榮津表示:「因為現在它沒有把夏季電價,沒有考慮進去,還有未來幾個月的油價,沒有考慮進去,最重要我們電價公式裡面,就是有保障5%的合理利潤,到最後我們還有平穩基金,所以台電應該是不會有虧損的。」

台電發言人徐造華表示:「電價是有審議機制,而且有公式可以依循,並且是有電價平穩準備。」

沈榮津強調,今年還有5個月,預估下半年夏季電費進來後,台電營收有增加機會,加上電價平穩基金撥補,台電應該不會有虧損,而台電則表示,電價是否調漲是由電價審議委員會決定,將會依照審議結果配合辦理。

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