TNB: ICPT adjustment ensures fair, transparent tariff

TNB said the ICPT reduction reflected the actual decline in global fuel prices. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
TNB said the ICPT reduction reflected the actual decline in global fuel prices. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, July 1 —Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) supports the government’s decision to adjust the Imbalance Cost Pass-Through (ICPT) mechanism for the July 1-Dec 31, 2020 period.

It said the move will ensure consumers will continue benefit from a transparent and fair electricity price.

TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Amir Hamzah Azizan said the company supports the decision to continue with the ICPT, which is a mechanism that has served the industry well since 2014, and remains relevant in a volatile fuel-price environment.

“As a utility company, TNB is governed by the Energy Commission (EC) and operates within a regulated environment, which includes the ICPT mechanism. As guided by the EC’s decisions through the ICPT, TNB will reflect the changes in fuel and other generation-related costs in the electricity tariff every six months,” he said in a statement today.

The EC today announced the continuation of the ICPT for the next six months ending Dec 31, 2020 with a reduction in ICPT from the current 2.00 sen/kWh surcharge to 0.00 sen/kWh.

As the country’s energy regulator, the EC determines the calculation and methodology of the ICPT, subject to government approval on a six-monthly basis.

Commenting on the ICPT reduction, Amir Hamzah said it reflects the actual decline in global fuel prices for the past six months.

For the period of January to June 2020, he said fuel costs fell in tandem with the decline in actual fuel prices below the benchmark fuel prices set in the base tariff for the Regulatory Period 2 (RP2) from 2018 to 2020.

The average Applicable Coal Price (ACP) for January to June 2020 stood at US$69.5/MT compared to the benchmark coal price set in the base tariff at US$75/MT, while gas price for the same period is RM26.6/mmBTU which is lower than the benchmark gas price set in the base tariff at RM27.20/mmBTU.

“The changes in fuel prices are not immediately reflected in the tariff to consumers because there is an approximately six to nine-month time lag between the fuel price movement and when those changes actually hit the power sector.

“This means that when fuel prices are low, consumers may only benefit from the cost past-through by being charged a lower tariff which kicks in about 12 months later. Similarly, when fuel prices are high, it will only be reflected at the consumer’s level much later, giving the system enough time to adjust,” he said.

However, he said, within the regulated framework of the industry, TNB as the main utility company is committed to ensuring customers receive uninterrupted power supply, as well as world-class customer service, and remain steadfast in its purpose to brighten lives. — Bernama

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