Vietnam: Subjects entitled to a second reduction in electricity bills due to the Covid-19 epidemic

The reduction of electricity bills in the second phase due to the Covid-19 epidemic is attracting many people's attention who do not know if their families and units are eligible for a reduction in electricity bills? LAWNET would like to send to our readers this article on entities eligible for the second phase of electricity bill reduction due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Những đối tượng nào được giảm tiền điện đợt 02 do dịch Covid-19, Công văn 9764/BCT-ĐTĐL

According to the Resolution No. 180/NQ-CP of Vietnam’s Government issued on December 17, 2020 on plan to support electricity price reduction, electricity bill reduction (phase 2) for electricity users, it is stated clearly that: “Agree on the plan to support electricity price reduction and electricity bill reduction (phase 2) as proposed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in Report No. 919/BC-BCT dated December 01, 2020. No support for electricity bill reduction for establishments serving Covid-19 disease prevention and control collect centralized medical isolation fees as directed in Document No. 7713/VPCP-KTTH dated September 15, 2020.”

Besides, on December 18, 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam issued the Official Dispatch No. 9764/BCT-ĐTĐL on supporting electricity price reduction and electricity bill reduction for electricity users affected by the Covid-19 epidemic phase 2. In the Official Dispatch, the subjects and time of electricity price reduction and electricity bill reduction are as follows:

1. Electricity price reduction

- Retail price of electricity for customers using domestic electricity: 10% discount of retail electricity price from level 1 to level 4 specified in Decision No. 648/QD-BCT 2019 on adjustment of average retail electricity price and regulation of electricity selling prices.

- Customers who are tourist accommodation establishments and customers who have warehouses for goods during circulation: Reduce electricity prices from the retail price of electricity applied to business equal to the retail price of electricity applied to industries specified in Decision No. 648/QD-BCT.

2. Reduce electricity bill

Reduce electricity bill (value before tax) directly for establishments serving Covid-19 prevention and control to buy electricity from EVN's units and electricity retailers. The specific reduction in electricity bill is as follows:

- Reduce 100% of electricity bills for facilities used for isolation and concentrated medical examination of patients suspected of being infected with Covid-19.

- 20% discount on electricity bills for medical facilities used to examine, test and treat patients suspected of being infected with Covid-19.

Note: Do not reduce electricity bills for establishments serving Covid-19 epidemic prevention and control that collect concentrated medical isolation fees.

The list of establishments serving the prevention and control of the Covid-19 epidemic that do not charge a fee for reducing electricity bills is provided by the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 disease prevention and control, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Public Security, the People's Committees of central-affiliated provinces and cities provide electricity units. The settlement time is no later than February 28, 2021.

3. Time to support price reduction, electricity bill reduction

- The total time to support electricity price reduction and electricity bill reduction for the above customers is three (03) months in the October, November, December 2020 billing periods.

- Invoices to support electricity price reduction of three (03) October, November, December 2020 are made in December 2020.

- In case electricity bills of December 2020 of electricity users have not been issued, the amount of support for electricity price reduction and reduction of electricity bills of three (03) October, November, December 2020 will be refunded in the December 2020 electricity bill;

- In case the electricity bill of December 2020 of the electricity user has been issued or the total amount supported for electricity price reduction or reduction is larger than the electricity bill at the December 2020 electricity bill, the currently refunding customers corresponding to the amount of electricity to be reduced in electricity prices, reducing electricity bills in the next electricity bill periods.

After the time limit for electricity price reduction, electricity bill reduction: The electricity selling price shall be applied according to the provisions of Decision No. 648/QD-BCT of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam.

Le Hai

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