Electricite Du Laos (EDL) under the Ministry of Energy and Mines has instructed its staff across the country to ensure that reduced electricity charges are applied to the use of irrigation pumps and livestock farms.
EDL Deputy Managing Director Mr. Khampaseuth Theppangna told Vientiane Times yesterday the new rates would apply from January 1 this year until January 1, 2020. The cuts have been made to help farmers recover from the losses they suffered during widespread flooding last year.
In 2019, users of electrical irrigation pumps will have their bills cut by 50 percent, while livestock farms will pay 30 percent less. This means that 203 irrigation schemes in eight provinces using a voltage of 22 kV will see the cost of electricity consumed cut to 224 kip per kWh.
On livestock farms using a voltage of 22kV, the cost will be reduced by 30 percent from 435 kip per kWh to 305.5 kip. Farms using voltage of 0.4kV of voltage will see their bills reduced from 545 kip per kWh to 381.5 kip.
EDL staff must work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and provincial Agriculture and Forestry Departments to invoice customers in line with the new rates and make sure they have detailed customer information in each province.
Every EDL branch is expected to implement the new charges from February this year until February 2020, except in Khammuan province where the new rates will apply from January this year until January 2020.
Speaking at the National Assembly last month, Minister of Energy and Mines Mr. Khammany Inthirath said the ministry wanted to support agribusiness by lowering electricity rates.