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Power rate hike will affect few: MOEA

‘NUMBERS GAME’:Lawmakers opposed to the rate increase said Taipower should focus on improving its performance rather than shifting the burden to the public

By Amy Su, Mo Yan-chih and Chris Wang  /  Staff reporters

“The Executive Yuan needs to decide how to explain the price hike to legislators and the public,” Lai said.

KMT Legislator Lo Shu-lei (羅淑蕾) accused the ministry and the Executive Yuan of breaking a promise to not raise electricity rates again after last year’s price adjustment.

“If the new price adjustment plan will not affect 85 percent of people, why bother increasing rates at all? Taipower should reflect upon its operations before putting such a burden on the public,” she said.

KMT Legislator Huang Chao-shun (黃昭順) said the legislature will examine Taipower’s budget closely to help the public oversee the company’s performance.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday accused the company of announcing rate rises without consulting the legislature, and without enacting necessary corporate reforms.

The ministry has been playing a “numbers game,” wherein all Taipower did was find excuses for its lack of efficiency and losses, DPP Legislator Huang Wei-cher (黃偉哲) said.

DPP headquarters held the same view, with spokesperson Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) saying that the administration should not implement the new pricing scheme and harm economic growth when it is clueless about how to lift the sluggish economy.

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who promised to reform Taipower and CPC Corp, Taiwan (中油) in June last year, and Taipower, which promised that price adjustment proposals would first be sent to the Legislative Yuan, betrayed their pledges, Lin added.

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