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  • Thailand News

    Thailand Cabinet caps electricity at 4.18 baht, diesel at 33 baht

    The Thai Cabinet approved measures to cap electricity prices at 4.18 baht per unit until the end of the year and diesel prices at 33 baht per litre until October 31. A new energy structure law is set to be introduced today, July 23. Following a Cabinet meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga announced that the government…

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    Shocking hike: Thai industries spark concern over electricity rates

    Thailand’s plan to hike electricity rates later this year could deter foreign direct investment, warned the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). The alert followed the Energy Regulatory Commission’s (ERC) announcement on Friday, indicating an imminent rise in power bills for both businesses and households. The ERC has proposed three new power tariff options, featuring increases from 11% to 44% above…

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    Udon Thani hotel calls for delay in electricity rate hike

    A prominent hotel in Udon Thani urged the government to delay the planned electricity rate hike, citing concerns about the current purchasing power of consumers. They argue that customers are only spending on necessities, and an increase in electricity costs could further impact the number of patrons using their services. Apicha Veerachatiyanukul, the managing director of Udon Plaza Co., Ltd.,…

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    Shocking surge: Thai electricity tariffs set to spark debate

    The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) announced a public consultation from today, July 12, until July 26 to discuss the final electricity tariff adjustment of the year. The proposed adjustments could see electricity bills rise from September to December this year, with costs potentially increasing from 4.18 baht per unit to between 4.65 and 6.01 baht per unit. The Secretary-General and…

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    Wat’s the charge? Temple’s electricity bill leaves abbot in asterisk-ing confusion

    The abbot of Wat Pa Amphawan Khunanusorn in Buriram was left puzzled after receiving the temple’s electricity bill, which lacked both the FT charge and the total amount due, instead showing only asterisks. This led to confusion about how to pay the bill or if the temple might be getting free electricity this month. He urged officials to thoroughly check…

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    Monitor lizard sparks electricity office chaos in Thailand

    A large monitor lizard caused quite a stir when it wandered into the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) office in Sara Buri, Thailand. The unexpected visitor prompted a call for assistance from rescue volunteers to safely capture and relocate the creature. This morning, security officers at the PEA office in Sara Buri’s Pak Phriao sub-district reported spotting the sizeable reptile, weighing…

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    Body found beneath electricity control panel on Bangkok footpath

    A Thai road sweeper discovered the body of an unidentified man beneath an electricity control panel on a footpath along Romklao Road in Bangkok after noticing an unpleasant odour while working. Road sweeper Panadda Ngokngam reported the dead body to traffic police officers at a nearby police booth around 6.40am today, May 23. The incident was then reported to Min…

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    Thailand’s record-breaking electricity usage heats up weekend

    A record-breaking increase in electricity usage was registered in Thailand over the weekend as the nation grappled with soaring temperatures. The Ministry of Energy confirmed late Saturday that power demand peaked at 36,356 megawatts, surpassing the previous record set on Monday, April 22. Extreme heat has been particularly severe in the country’s northern and northeastern regions. The Meteorological Department of…

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    Scorching heatwave sparks record-breaking electricity surge

    Energy officials revealed that electricity demand skyrocketed to a staggering 35,830 megawatts (MW) at precisely 8.58pm on Monday, shattering previous records amid a blistering national heatwave. Temperatures across the country soared between 35 and 38 degrees Celcius, peaking at a scorching 42 degrees Celcius on the same day. “This demand surge surpassed the previous record of 34,656MW set on April…

  • Phuket News

    Phuket man escapes major harm as car collides with electricity pole

    A Thai man narrowly avoided significant harm when his car collided with an electricity pole and subsequently caught fire in the early hours of this morning in Phuket Town. Phuket City Police received notification of the accident, which occurred close to the juncture of Phang Nga Road and Surin Road, at 1.55am today, April 19. On arrival at the scene,…

  • Thailand News

    Thai man exposes father for stealing electricity to run ice factory

    A Thai man exposed his father for stealing electricity to run an ice manufacturing plant in Nonthaburi province near Bangkok. He also accused officers from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) of conspiring with his father. The 39 year old man, identified only as L, revealed to Channel 3 that he is his father’s eldest son and used to be a…

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    Thailand’s household electricity tariffs remain unchanged

    Energy Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga affirmed that electricity tariffs for households in Thailand will remain unchanged from May to August, maintaining the current rate of 4.18 baht per unit. Pirapan, also serving as a deputy prime minister, explained that this decision has been made possible due to the continuation of gas production in the Gulf of Thailand by PTT Exploration and…

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    Deserted Pattaya hotel turns into drug den, electricity theft hub

    Law enforcement and municipal authorities were left stunned as they uncovered a web of trespassing, illicit drug activities, and unauthorised power usage lurking within an abandoned hotel nestled in Soi 1, Jomtien Beach, on Monday. Despite the warning of a No Trespassing sign, the three-story hotel, shuttered during the Covid-19 pandemic, was harbouring five individuals in separate rooms. Shockingly, each…

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    Electricity bills set to stay steady despite global turmoil

    In an exclusive update from the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), consumers can breathe a sigh of relief as Secretary-General Komkrit Tantravanich guarantees minimal disruption to household electricity bills. Komkrit reassures the public that from May through August, electricity rates will hover between 4.20 to 4.25 baht per unit. Moreover, this promising price stability is linked to a surge in natural…

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    Thai government delays decision on electricity price reduction

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin revealed that the Cabinet has not yet agreed to reduce electricity charges. Pointing out that Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga is not ready to present the numbers to reduce electricity charges by no more than 4.20 baht (US$0.12). He requested more time at 10.10am today, at the Government House. Before the Cabinet meeting,…

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    Thailand’s 2 billion baht electricity subsidy for 17.7 million households

    The Thai Cabinet has allocated 2 billion baht to subsidise electricity costs for 17.7 million vulnerable households. The scheme, set to be a new year’s gift, will apply to those using no more than 300 units of electricity per month, maintaining a cost of 3.99 baht per unit. Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Peeraphan Salirathaviphak, stated today, December 8,…

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    Consumer groups challenge proposed electricity tariff rise

    Consumer advocacy groups have opposed the proposed increase in electricity tariffs and have asked the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to review all data used to calculate the Fuel Adjustment Charge (Ft) to ensure fairness to the public. According to Prasart Meetem, the Chair of the Committee on Public Services, Energy and Environment of the Consumer Council, the estimated Ft charge…

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    Electricity tariffs: Potential 6 baht/unit increase expected next year

    The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) proposed three options for determining electricity tariffs for the first quarter of next year. The electricity tariffs could potentially increase to a peak of 6 baht per unit. The ERC disclosed that if there are proposals lower than these three options, it would have to reconvene for further discussions today. Komkrit Tantravanich, Secretary-General of the…

  • Business News

    ERC approves new tariff, reducing Thailand’s electricity costs

    The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved a new electricity tariff of 3.99 baht per kilowatt-hour, a reduction aimed at decreasing power bills for households and businesses for the remaining four months of this year. This change is a response to the government’s energy price policies. In its initial meeting on September 13, the Cabinet agreed to lower the electricity tariff…

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    Thai government plans further electricity tariff cut to 3.99 baht per unit

    The Thai Energy Ministry has laid out plans to further reduce electricity tariffs by an additional 11 satang per unit, announced government spokesperson Chai Watcharong yesterday. Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga disclosed the plan during the meeting, stating that the current rate of 4.10 baht per unit is set to drop to 3.99 baht. Just last month,…

  • Economy News

    Government economy plan: Cost of living cuts, fuel and electricity price adjustments

    The government plans to announce initiatives to reduce living costs and boost the economy in an upcoming Cabinet meeting. Deputy Finance Minister Julapun Amornvivat revealed these measures would involve changes to diesel and electricity prices. A reduction in diesel excise tax is under consideration to lower retail prices at the pump and help the economy. A potential freeze on government…

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    Electric shock: Thai resident uncovers neighbour’s electricity theft causing spike in bills

    A resident named Anon, also known as Kee, was surprised to receive an unusually high electricity bill. Concerned about this, they contacted the Thai Electricity Authority to investigate the matter. The investigation uncovered a shocking revelation – Anon’s neighbour had been stealing electricity by connecting their house directly to Anon’s electric meter. This unauthorized connection led to a spike in Anon’s…

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    Faulty transformer rattles Thai woman with massive electricity bill

    A Thai woman was blown away by an astronomical increase in her electricity bill, with charges skyrocketing from an average of 60 baht per month to an outrageous 11,357.47 baht. This occurred due to what inspection personnel from the local electricity authority would later uncover as a faulty transformer in her fruit garden. Umaphon Tedduang revealed her dilemma via a…

  • Koh Samui News

    PEA apologises for 11.8 million baht electricity bill error

    In a surprising turn of events, the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in Koh Samui had to extend an apology to a small hotel proprietor on the island in the southern province of Surat Thani. It seems the PEA’s miscalculated her electricity consumption, leading to them issuing a bill of over 11 million baht last month. The PEA’s Communication Affairs Division’s director-general,…

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    Banpu eyes free power trade system amidst rising Thai electricity costs

    In the face of rising electricity bills, a new opportunity is emerging for a free power trade system in Thailand, as spotted by Banpu Power Plc, the power generation arm of energy conglomerate Banpu Plc. Expecting a worldwide shift in electricity markets, the company, under Kirana Limpaphayom, its CEO, is poised to take advantage of this imminent change. The combined…

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    Myawaddy suffers as Thailand ceases electricity supply

    Myawaddy has experienced a significant impact on its electricity supply after Thailand’s Provincial Electricity Authority ceased providing power on June 6, following the expiration of a contract with the Myanmar government. While the border in the Mae Sot district of Tak remains open for people and cargo, the electricity cut has had varying effects on different groups within Myawaddy. Chinese…

  • World News

    Sabah set to control electricity supply with PM Anwar’s approval

    Sabah’s Chief Minister Hajiji Noor announced that a special state assembly sitting is set to take place on January 3 next year, paving the way for Sabah to assume regulatory control of its electricity supply. Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has given the green light for the transfer of regulatory power, which is expected to occur on January 1, 2024. To…

  • Economy News

    Inflation plummets to 21-month low in Thailand as fuel and electricity prices drop

    Inflation in Thailand reached its lowest point in 21 months last month, primarily driven by declining fuel prices and electricity bills, along with a higher price base in May of the previous year. Experts predict that the inflation rate will further decrease throughout June. Wichanun Niwatjinda, deputy director-general of the Trade Policy and Strategy Office, expects inflation for June to…

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    Government confirms 4-month electricity discount for users below 300 units

    The Thai government confirmed a four-month electricity discount from May to August this year. This relief measure aims to alleviate energy price hardship for users who consume no more than 300 units per month, with an additional 150 baht rebate per household in May for those using no more than 500 units. Anucha Burapachaisr, deputy presidential secretary on political affairs,…

  • World News

    South Korea to raise electricity and city gas prices amid high inflation and cost of living

    South Korea announced today that it will increase electricity prices by 5.3% in an effort to partly account for rising generation costs. This decision, initially slated for implementation on April 1, was postponed by over a month due to concerns about the potential impact on already high inflation rates and the cost of living. This will be the second electricity…