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Summer discount scheme to be expanded

By Elizabeth Tchii  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipower said yesterday it was expanding its summer electricity discount reward for households, schools and community public infrastructures that save electricity.

The state-owned utility, which implemented its higher summer electricity rates on June 1, said there would be more discounts for consumers this year.

“From July 1, for two consecutive years during the same period, if the amount of electricity used remains steady or declines by up to 20 percent, there will be discount schemes with as much as 30 percent off [the bill],” Taipower spokeswoman and chief engineer Tu Yueh-yuan (杜悅元) told the Taipei Times by phone yesterday.

If electricity usage declines by up to 5 percent the saving will be 10 percent. A decline of between 5 percent to 10 percent will trigger a 20 percent saving, the utility company explained on its Web site.

Tu said she hoped the enhanced discounts would encourage users to be more energy efficient and therefore lower overall carbon emissions.

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