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CAMBODIA: 1 April Electricity Charge Cut Set to Benefit Business and Residential Users

Electricity charges for both commercial and residential users are set to be cut from 1 April this year across many of the country’s cities and provinces. The move, announced by the Electricity Authority of Cambodia, will see high volume users, such as businesses, particularly benefit with tariffs dropping as usage rises.

Among the provinces set to benefit are Kampong Speu, Sihanoukville, Takeo, Kampot, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Prey Veng, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum, Kratie, Stung Treng and Mondulkiri. The actual reduction will vary from area to area depending on existing supply logistics.

In Phnom Penh, the country’s capital, and the adjoining Takhmao district, for instance, electricity tariffs for SMEs are expected to fall from Riel 718 (US$0.1795) to Riel 717 (US$0.17925) per kWh. Elsewhere in the country – most notably in the remote and heavily-forested Preah Vihear province – tariffs can be as high as $0.5 per kWh.

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