Thông tư 17/2012/TT-BCT

Circular No. 17/2012/TT-BCT of June 29, 2012, prescribing electricity sale prices and guiding their application

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THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
Independence– Freedom – Happiness
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No. 17/2012/TT-BCT

Hanoi, June 29, 2012

 

CIRCULAR

PRESCRIBING ELECTRICITY SALE PRICES AND GUIDING THEIR APPLICATION

Pursuant to the December 3, 2004 Electricity Law; and the Government's Decree No. 105/2005/ND-CP of August 17, 2005, detailing and guiding a number of articles of the Electricity Law;

Pursuant to the Government's Decree No. 189/2007/ND-CP of December 27, 2007, defining the functions, tasks, powers and organizational structure of the Ministry of Industry and Trade; and the Decree No. 44/2011/ ND-CP of June 14, 2011, amending and supplementing Article 3 of the Decree No. 189/2007/ND-CP;

Pursuant to the Prime Minister's Decision No. 21/2009/QD-TTg of February 12, 2009, approving market-based electricity sale prices to be applied in 2009 and during 2010-2012;

Pursuant to the Prime Minister's Decision No. 24/2011/QD-TTg of April 15, 2011, on market-based adjustment of electricity sale prices;

Pursuant to the Prime Minister's Decision No. 268/QD-TTg of February 23, 2011, on the electricity retail tariff applicable from 2011.

The Minister of Industry and Trade prescribes electricity sale prices and guides their application as follows:

Chapter I

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1. Scope of regulation and subjects of application

1. This Circular prescribes specific electricity retail prices applicable to different customer groups based on the average electricity sale price determined under the mechanism provided in the Prime Minister's Decision No.24/2011/QD-TTg of April 15, 2011, on market-based adjustment of electricity sale prices, and the structure of the electricity retail tariff approved by the Prime Minister, and wholesale prices applicable to electricity retailers buying electricity directly from power corporations or attached power units.

2. This Circular applies to organizations and individuals buying or selling electricity from the national power system and related organizations and individuals.

3. Provincial-level People's Committees shall approve electricity sale prices in localities which are not yet connected to the national power grid after obtaining written appraisal opinions from the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam.

Article 2. Average electricity sale price

The average electricity sale price is VND 1.369/kWh (exclusive of value-added lax) corresponding to specific calculation parameters in Part A of the Appendix to this Circular.

Article 3. Voltage-based electricity sale prices

1. Voltage-based electricity sale prices are applicable to customers using electricity for purposes of production, business, service provision, irrigation, non-business and administrative work, for industrial parks and other purposes at high-rise apartment buildings in cities and new urban centers.

2. Electricity shall be sold at the price applicable to the voltage of the electric metering system.

Article 4. Daily consumption hour-based electricity sale prices

Electricity sale prices are set based on the time of consumption during a day (below referred to as three-level pricing system) as follows:

1. Off-peak hours:

a/ From Monday to Saturday:

- From 4:00 h to 9:30 h (5 hours and 30 minutes);

- From 11:30 h to 17:00 h (5 hours and 30 minutes);

- From 20:00 h to 22:00 h (2 hours).

b/ Sunday:

From 4:00 h to 22:00 h (18 hours).

2. Peak hours:

a/ From Monday to Saturday:

- From 9:30 h to 11:30 h (2 hours);

- From 17:00 h to 20:00 h (3 hours).

b/ Sunday: no peak hours.

3. Low-load hours:

All days from 22:00 h to 4:00 h (6 hours).

Article 5. Conditions for application of electricity wholesale prices

1. Electricity wholesale prices provided in Articles 15, 16 and 17 of this Circular are applicable to electricity retailers fully meeting the conditions below:

a/ Possessing an electricity distribution and retail license granted by a competent agency, except cases of exemption from licensing for power operation under Point c. Clause 1, Article 34 of the Electricity Law;

b/ Keeping accounting books under regulations to account electricity retail sales separately from other business operations;

c/ Having electricity trading contracts, and installing separate electric meters for each electricity-consuming household under Article 24 of the Electricity Law; and issuing added-value electricity bills to each consumer for each payment period, under electricity trading contracts, according to the Finance Ministry's regulations.

2. For electricity retailers failing to fully meet the conditions specified in Clause 1 of this Article, electricity wholesalers shall report them to provincial-level Industry and Trade Departments for submission to provincial-level People's Committees for decision to revoke their power operation licenses and hand over the electricity networks under the management of these retailers to power companies for selling electricity directly to electricity consumers. Pending completion of hand-over procedures, electricity wholesalers may apply progressive electricity sale prices for residential consumption to the whole amount of electricity measured at master meters based on the norms of electricity-consuming households of the last month's electricity bills.

Article 6. Guidance on application of electricity sale prices

1. The tariff applies from July 01, 2012.

2. Electricity sale prices under this Circular are exclusive of value-added tax.

3. Detailed guidance on application of the tariff is provided in Part B of the Appendix to this Circular.

4. When the average electricity sale price is adjusted under the Prime Minister's Decision No. 24/2011/QD-TTg of April 15, 2011, on market-based adjustment of electricity prices, and the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Circular No. 31/2011/TT-BCT of August 19, 2011, providing adjustment of electricity sale prices based on basic input parameters, Electricity of Vietnam shall accordingly adjust specific electricity sale prices for different customer groups.

Chapter II

ELECTRICITY RETAIL TARIFF

Article 7. Electricity retail prices applicable to manufacturing industries

Electricity retail prices applicable to manufacturing industries are as follows:

No.

Subjects of application

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1

Voltage of 110 kV or higher

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,158

 

b/ Low-load hours

718

 

c/ Peak hours

2,074

2

Voltage of between 22 kV and under 110 kV

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,184

 

b/ Low-load hours

746

 

c/ Peak hours

2,156

3

Voltage level of between 6 kV and under 22 kV

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,225

 

b/ Low-load hours

773

 

c/ Peak hours

2,224

4

Voltage of under 6 kV

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,278

 

b/ Low-load hours

814

 

c/ Peak hours

2,306

Customers buying electricity at the voltage of 20 kV may apply the price applicable to the voltage of between 22 kV and under 110 kV.

Article 8. Electricity retail prices applicable to irrigation

Electricity retail prices applicable to irrigation are as follows:

No.

Voltage

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1

6 kV or higher

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,088

 

b/ Low-load hours

568

 

c/ Peak hours

1,581

2

Under 6 kV

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,142

 

b/ Low-load hours

595

 

c/ Peak hours

1,635

Article 9. Electricity retail prices applicable to administrative and non-business units

Electricity retail prices applicable to administrative and non-business units are as follows:

No.

Subjects of application

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1

Hospitals, kindergartens, preschools. general education schools

 

 

a/ Voltage of 6 kV or higher

1,252

 

b/ Voltage of under 6 kV

1,334

2

Public lighting

 

 

a/ Voltage of 6 kV or higher

1,362

 

b/ Voltage of under 6 kV

1,443

3

Administrative and non-business units

 

 

a/ Voltage of 6 kV or higher

1,389

 

b/ Voltage of under 6 kV

1,444

Article 10. Electricity retail prices applicable to business activities

Electricity retail prices applicable to business activities arc as follows:

No.

Voltage

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1

22 kV or higher

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,909

 

b/ Low-load hours

1,088

 

c/ Peak hours

3,279

2

Between 6 kV and under 22 kV

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

2,046

 

b/ Low-load hours

1,225

 

c/ Peak hours

3,388

3

Under 6 kV

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

2,074

 

b/ Low-load hours

1,279

 

c/ Peak hours

3,539

Article 11. Electricity retail prices applicable to residential consumption

1. Progressive electricity retail prices applicable to residential consumption are as follows:

No.

A household's average monthly consumption level

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1

50 kWh (applicable to poor and low-income households)

993

2

From 0 to 100th kWh (applicable to ordinary households)

1,284

3

From the 101st to 150th kWh

1,457

4

From the 151st to 200th kWh

1,843

5

From the 201st to 300th kWh

1,997

6

From the 301st to 400th kWh

2,137

7

From the 401st kWh and above

2,192

2. The electricity price applicable to the first level (0 - 50 kWh) applies only to poor and low-income households regularly consuming electricity not more than 50 kWh/month and registering with electricity sellers. In order to buy electricity at this price, poor and low-income households shall register themselves under the guidance of electricity sellers.

3. The prices at the second and higher levels apply to ordinary households and poor and low-income households registering to consume an electricity amount from the 51st kWh and above.

4. The electricity retail price applicable to temporary and short-term electricity buyers for residential consumption using prepaid cards is VND 1,807/kWh (exclusive of VAT).

Article 12. Electricity retail prices applicable to areas not yet connected to the national power grid

1. Electricity retail prices applicable lo residential consumption in rural and mountainous areas and islands not yet connected to the national power grid shall be approved by provincial-level People's Committees but must be within the ceiling and floor prices below:

a/ Floor price: VND 2,054/kWh;

b/ Ceiling price: VND 3,423/kWh.

2. Electricity retailers in rural and mountainous areas and islands not yet connected to the national power grid shall draw-up retail pricing schemes applicable to different customer groups in these areas on the principle of business assurance, which clearly identify losses to be offset due to the sale of electricity for residential consumption at the set ceiling price, which, however, is lower than the approved business assurance price, and send them to provincial-level Industry and Trade Departments for verification and submission to the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam for written comment for subsequent submission to provincial-level People's Committees for approval annually.

Article 13. Electricity retail prices in areas connected to the national power grid while having on-spot power generation sources

Electricity retailers in areas connected to the national power grid while having on-spot power generation sources combined with buying electricity from the national power grid for retail to consumers shall draw up electricity pricing schemes for different consumer groups in these areas and submit them to the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam for appraisal and submission to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for approval annually. Electricity retailers shall obtain official written opinions from provincial-level People's Committees on the schemes before submitting them for appraisal.

If the national electricity sale price is adjusted, the electricity retail prices in areas connected to the national power grid while having on-spot power generation sources (in industrial parks) shall be accordingly adjusted corresponding to the adjusted level of the national average electricity sale price under Article 5 of the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Circular No. 31/2011/TT-BCT of August 19, 2011, providing the adjustment of electricity sale prices based on basic input parameters.

Chapter III

ELECTRICITY WHOLESALE PRICES

Article 14. Electricity wholesale prices applicable to power corporations

1. The electricity wholesale prices applied to power corporations by Electricity of Vietnam (the Electricity Purchase and Trading Company) at points of delivery shall be determined under the guidance of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in accordance with the Prime Minister's Decision No. 24/2011/QD-TTg of April 15, 2011, on market-based adjustment of electricity sale prices, and the Circular No.31/2011/TT-BCT of August 19, 2011, providing the adjustment of electricity sale prices based on basic input parameters.

2. The average electricity transmission cost at a point of delivery corresponding to the electricity amount transmitted at the point of delivery from the electricity distribution grid: VND 83.3/kWh.

Article 15. Electricity wholesale prices applicable to rural areas

1. Locations for determining electricity amounts wholesaled in rural areas

The electricity wholesale price applicable to rural areas applies to rural electricity retailers for electricity amounts bought from wholesalers measured at master electric meters installed at transformer stations.

2. Electricity wholesale prices applicable to residential consumption in rural areas are as follows:

No.

A rural household's average monthly consumption level behind a muster electric meter

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1

50 kWh (applicable to poor and low-income households)

807

2

From 0 to 100th kWh (applicable to ordinary households)

1,014

 

From the 101st to 150th kWh

1,122

4

From the 151st to 200th kWh

1,419

5

From the 201st to 300th kWh

1,548

6

From the 301st to 400th kWh

1,656

7

From the 401st kWh and above

1,710

The electricity wholesale price applicable to residential consumption in rural areas means the price of electricity sold at master electric meters by a power corporation, a power company or an authorized FVN-attached unit to electricity retailers in rural areas.

The principles of determining electricity consumption norms for households using electricity for residential consumption behind master electric meters are provided at Point b, Clause 1, Section IV, Part B of the Appendix to this Circular

3. The electricity wholesale price for households using electricity for other purposes (other than residential purposes) at master electric meters of rural electricity trading: 1,116 VND/kWh.

Article 16. Electricity wholesale prices applicable to condominiums and residential clusters

1. Locations for determining electricity amounts wholesaled to condominiums and residential clusters

Electricity wholesale prices for condominiums and residential clusters apply to electricity retailers for electricity amounts bought from wholesalers measured at master electric meters installed at transformer stations or at feeder connection points of low-voltage transmission lines

2. Electricity wholesale prices applicable to residential consumption in condominiums and residential clusters are as follows:

No.

A household's average monthly consumption level behind a master electric meter

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1.

Cities and towns

 

a/

For transformer stations built by electricity sellers

 

 

50 kWh (applicable to poor and low-income households)

912

 

From 0 to 100th kWh (applicable lo ordinary households)

1,181

 

From the 101st to 150th kWh

1,318

 

From the 151st to 200th kWh

1,668

 

From the 201st to 300th kWh

1,831

 

From the 301st to 400th kWh

1,970

 

From the 401st kWh and above

2,021

b/

For transformer stations built by electricity buyers

 

 

For 50 kWh (applicable to poor and low-income households)

900

 

From 0 to 100th kWh (applicable to ordinary households)

1,156

 

From the 101st to 150th kWh

1,277

 

From the 151st to 200th kWh

1,615

 

From the 201st to 300th kWh

1,775

 

From the 301st to 400thkWh

1,901

 

From the 401st kWh and above

1,973

2

Townships and district capitals

 

a/

For transformer stations built by electricity sellers

 

 

For 50 kWh (applicable to poor and low-income households)

881

 

From 0 to 100th kWh (applicable to ordinary households)

1,124

 

From the 101st to 150th kWh

1,246

 

From the 151st to 200th kWh

1,576

 

From the 201st lo 300th kWh

1,737

 

From the 301st to 400th kWh

1,859

 

From the 401st kWh and above

1,907

b/

For transformer stations built by electricity buyers

 

 

For 50 kWh (applicable to poor and low-income households)

863

 

From 0 to 100th kWh (applicable to ordinary households)

1,104

 

From the 101st to 150th kWh

1,214

 

From the 151st to 200th kWh

1,536

 

From the 201st to 300thkWh

1,664

 

From the 301st to 400thkWh

1,790

 

From the 401st kWh and above

1,836

The electricity wholesale price applicable to residential consumption in condominiums and residential clusters is the price of electricity sold at master electric meters by power corporations, power companies or authorized units to retailers of electricity for condominiums and residential clusters.

Electricity wholesale prices applicable to residential consumption in high-rise apartment buildings in cities and new urban centers are as follows:

No.

A household's average monthly consumption level behind a master electric meter

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1

From 0 to 100th kWh

1,252

2

From the 101st to 150th kWh

1,422

3

From the 151st to 200th kWh

1,799

4

From the 201st to 300th kWh

1,948

5

From the 301st to 400th kWh

2,081

6

From the 401st kWh and above

2,135

The principles of determining the electricity consumption norm for households using electricity for residential consumption behind master electric meters are provided at Point b, Clause 1, Section V, Part B of the Appendix to this Circular.

3. Wholesale prices of electricity consumed for other purposes in condominiums and residential clusters are as follows:

No.

Area

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

I

Cities (except high-rise apartment buildings in cities and new urban centers), towns, townships, district capitals (regardless of voltage)

1,125

II

High-rise apartment buildings in cities and new urban centers

 

1

Voltage of 22 kV or higher

1,823

2

Voltage of between 6 kV and under 22 kV

1,954

3

Voltage of under 6 kV

1,981

Article 17. Electricity wholesale prices for industrial parks

1. The electricity wholesale price at 110 kV busbars of 110 kV transformer stations in industrial parks applies to electricity retailers that buy electricity from wholesalers at 110 kV busbars of industrial parks (110 kV stations built by buyers) for retail to consumers using electricity in industrial parks are as follows:

No.

Total capacity of transformers of 110/35-22-10-6 kV transformer stations

Electricity sale price (VND/kWh)

1.

> 100 MVA

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,113

 

b/ Low-load hours

698

 

c/ Peak hours

2,028

2

Between 50 MVA and 100 MVA

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,108

 

b/ Low-load hours

675

 

c/ Peak hours

2,019

 3

< 50 MVA

 

 

a/ Off-peak hours

1,103

 

b/ Low-load hours

674

 

c/ Peak hours

2,005

2. The wholesale price of electricity sold by power companies to retailers at medium-voltage busbars of 110/35-22-10-6 kV transformer stations or at feeder connection points of medium-voltage transmission lines to industrial parks is equal to the retail electricity price applicable to manufacturing industries at the corresponding medium voltages specified in Article 7 of this Circular, deducted by 2%.

3. The wholesale price of electricity sold by power companies to retailers al the medium-voltage side of low-voltage transformer stations is equal to the electricity retail price applicable to manufacturing industries al the corresponding medium voltages specified in Article 7 of this Circular.

Chapter IV

ORGANIZATION OF IMPLEMENTATION

Article 18. Examination responsibilities

1. Provincial-level Industry and Trade Departments shall examine and supervise local electricity retailers under their management in applying electricity sale prices under this Circular. When detecting retailers failing to meet the conditions specified in Article 5 of this Circular, provincial-level Industry and Trade Departments shall terminate the operation of violators and report such to provincial-level People's Committees for revocation of their power operation licenses previously granted by provincial-level People's Committees or for reporting to the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam for revocation of their licenses previously granted by the Authority, and for hand-over to power companies for selling electricity directly to consumers.

2. Provincial-level Industry and Trade Departments shall examine and supervise the calculation of the norms of consuming households and retail prices applied at rented houses in order to ensure that tenants are applied electricity sale prices applicable to residential consumption according to this Circular.

Article 19. Effect

1. This Circular takes effect on July 01, 2012, and replaces the Ministry of Industry and Trade's Circular No.42/2011/TT-BCT of December 19, 2011, providing electricity sale prices and guiding application.

2. Any problems arising in the course of implementation should be reported by related units directly to the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam for consideration and settlement according to its competence or for reporting to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for settlement.

 

 

FOR THE MINISTER OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE
DEPUTY MINISTER




Hoang Quoc Vuong

 

APPENDIX

GUIDANCE ON APPLICATION OF ELECTRICITY SALE PRICES
(Attached to the Industry and Trade Ministry's Circular No. 17/2012/TT-BCT of June 29, 2012)

Part A

INPUT PARAMETERS FOR ELECTRICITY PRICING

The average electricity sale price is VND 1,369/kWh (exclusive of value-added tax), calculated based on the following input parameters:

I. Input parameters being used for electricity pricing apply from December 20, 2011

1. Computed total commercial electricity output in 2012: 107.2 billion kWh.

2. Total output of domestically generated and imported electricity in 2012: 117.77 billion kWh.

3. Electricity transmission and distribution loss rate: 9.5%.

4. Electricity output transmitted through electricity transmission grids at points of delivery with electricity distribution grids (excluding the output generated by power plants on 110 kV grids) for calculating the electricity transmission cost: 102.6 billion kWh.

5. Electricity output bought from power plants of 30 MW or less connected to electricity distribution grids: 4.6 billion kWh.

6. The profit-to-equity ratio applicable to dependent cost-accounting power plants of Electricity of Vietnam, the National Electricity Transmission Corporation and five power corporations is 0%.

7. Total electricity production and trading cost in 2012 is VND 139,799.6 billion.

8. Total electricity generation cost (including the cost of buying electricity from small power plants and cost of self-generated electricity) is VND 106,953.8 billion.

9. Total permitted turnover for the electricity transmission stage is VND 8,547.9 billion.

10. Total permitted turnover for the electricity distribution and retail stage (excluding the cost of buying electricity from small power plants and cost of self-generated electricity) is VND 23,731.1 billion.

11. Total expenses for administration and management of the sector and technical assistance services is VND 566.8 billion.

12. Total cost of buying electricity from small power plants and cost of self-generated electricity is VND 4,589.5 billion.

13. Part of forest environment service expenses in 2011 accounted in the 2012 electricity sale price is VND 522 billion.

14. Remaining expenses not yet accounted in the 2010 and 2011 electricity sale prices and not included in the 2012 price, including the following expenses not yet accounted in the 2010 electricity sale price:

a/ The unallocated exchange rate difference by December 31, 2010: VND 15,462.8 billion.

b/ The remaining unallocated cost of admission of the rural low-voltage grid in and before 2010: VND 356 billion.

c/ Arising expenses in 2010 due to droughts for mobilizing high-cost oil-fueled plants: VND 8,040.3 billion.

II. Input parameters being used for electricity pricing apply from July 01, 2012

1. Prices of coal for electricity generation: grade-4b slack: VND 750,000/ton; grade-5a slack: VND 620,000/ton; grade-5b slack: VND 581,000/ton; grade-6a slack: VND 521,000/ton; and grade-6b slack: VND 457,000/ton.

2. Average price of gas for Ca Mau power plant: USD 9,338/million BTU calculated based on HFO price is USD 720.96/ton.

3. The oil price (inclusive of VAT) for electricity generation: price of DO: VND 20,897/liter, price of FO: VND 18,116/kg.

4. VND/USD exchange rate: VND 20,927/ USD.

5. Turnover for electricity sale of EVN expected arising VND 3,710 billion, proportional to commercial electricity amount of EVN expected from July 01, 2012 to December 31, 2012 is 56.9 billion kWh (including electricity amount exported to Cambodia), being used to remedy for increasing of coal prices and part of remaining expenses of previous years.

Part B

GUIDANCE ON APPLICATION

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

1. Electricity sale prices shall be applied to proper consumers and proper purposes under this Circular.

Electricity buyers shall truthfully declare electricity use purposes for electricity sale price calculation under this Circular.

When changing the electricity use purpose, which will result in a change in the applied electricity sale price, an electricity buyer shall notify such to the seller 15 days in advance for adjusting the contractual price accordingly. The electricity seller shall examine and promptly apply electricity sale prices to proper consumers according to regulations.

In case of improper application of prices compared to electricity use purposes, causing damage to electricity buyers or sellers, electricity charges shall be retrospectively collected or refunded. When it is impossible to determine the lime of improper application of prices, such time will be counted as 12 months back from the time of detecting the improper application of prices.

2. For buyers consuming electricity for different purposes:

a/ For electricity wholesale to rural areas, condominiums and residential clusters: Electricity retailers shall install separate meters for retailing electricity for residential consumption and other purposes;

b/ For consumers with contracts on use of electricity for residential consumption who partly use electricity for other purposes (production, business, service provision), the progressive electricity retail tariff applicable to residential consumption shall be applied to the whole electricity amounts measured at their meters:

c/ For consumers with contracts on use of electricity for other purposes (other than residential purposes) behind an electric meter, buyers and sellers shall, based on the actual electricity consumption, reach agreement on specific electricity use rates for each purpose.

3. On July, 01, 2012, electricity sellers shall record readings of all electric meters operating on the power grid (except those for electricity retail for residential consumption).

The recording of readings of three-level pricing electric meters, master meters of special-purpose stations and master meters for electricity wholesale for rural areas and condominiums and residential clusters must be certified by-representatives of customers or witnesses.

II. DAILY CONSUMPTION TIME-BASED ELECTRICITY SALE PRICES

1. Electricity sale prices under the three-level pricing system apply to the following cases:

a/ Buyers consuming electricity supplied through special-purpose transformers of 25 kVA or higher for production, business or service provision purposes or consuming an average 2,000 kWh/month or higher for three consecutive months;

b/ Buyers consuming electricity to irrigate rice, vegetables, subsidiary crops and short-term industrial crops grown together with rice, vegetables and secondary crops:

c/ Buyers consuming electricity for production, business or service provision purposes who have transformers and consume electricity below the level specified in point a of this clause are encouraged to buy electricity according to the three-level pricing system.

Electricity sellers shall create conditions for and guide electricity buyers in installing three-level pricing electric meters.

2. Electricity sellers shall prepare adequate electric meters for installation for buyers applying the three-level pricing system. Pending the installation of three-level pricing electric meters, electricity sale prices for off-peak hours apply.

3. When electricity sellers have sufficient conditions to install three-level pricing electric meters and have notified in writing in advance the plan on installation of three-level pricing meters to electricity buyers subject to the three-level pricing system, these buyers shall collaborate with sellers in installing three-level pricing electric meters as soon as possible.

When an electricity buyer subject to the three-level pricing system rejects the installation of a three-level pricing electric meter after having been notified thrice by the seller, after 15 days from the date of the third notification, the seller may apply the electricity sale price applicable to peak hours for the buyer's whole consumed electricity amount until a three-level pricing electric meter is installed.

4. An electricity buyer subject to the three- level pricing system who currently shares an electric meter with consumers not subject to the three-level pricing system shall collaborate with the electricity seller in installing separate electric meters for those consumers who shall sign electricity purchase and sale contracts directly with the seller for proper price application.

III. CONSUMER-BASED ELECTRICITY RETAIL PRICES

1. Electricity sale prices applicable to manufacturing industries

The for-production electricity tariff applies to all buyers consuming electricity for production in the following industries:

a/ Industry;

b/ Construction; transport; mining; forestry; fisheries;

c/ Agriculture: cultivation (including irrigation of industrial and fruit crops under areas free from irrigation charge, and lighting for raising fruit crop productivity); cattle raising, aquaculture and other types of animal raising; production of preservatives and epidemic control drugs;

d/ Production of safe water for residential consumption, production and business activities;

dd/ Production management offices of business groups, corporations and companies;

e/ Warehouses of goods (raw materials, finished products, semi-finished products) during the production process;

g/ Producers and suppliers of public-utility products and services (for electricity amounts used for public-utility activities), except public lighting and management and operation of irrigation works;

h/ Water drainage pumping and wastewater treatment in cities and towns;

i/ Switchboards, transmission networks and reception and relay stations of telecommuni­cations companies;

j/ Weaving, animal rising, poultry-egg hatching, rice husking, ice-making, welding, oxyacetylene welding, sawing, carpentry, rice drying and post-harvest farm produce preservation establishments:

k/ Other production activities.

2. Electricity sale prices applicable to irrigation

The for-irrigation electricity sale tariff applies to buyers with separate meters consuming electricity to irrigate areas under rice, vegetables, subsidiary crops and short-term industrial crops grown together with rice, vegetables, subsidiary crops and seed rice and fruit crops, except cases of consuming electricity for water pumping specified at Point c, Clause 1 of this Section.

3. Electricity sale prices applicable to administrative and non-business units

a/ Electricity sale prices for hospitals, crèches, kindergartens and general education schools apply to the following subjects:

- Public and private crèches, kindergartens and primary and lower and upper secondary schools, continuing education centers (for general education), and ethnic minority boarding schools;

- Hospitals (including electricity amounts consumed for funeral parlors and hospital waste incineration): healthcare establishments (including electricity amounts for medical examination and treatment activities of preventive medicine centers); sanatoriums, functional rehabilitation establishments and occupational disease treatment establishments; rest homes for the elderly and persons with disabilities, orphanages; drug detoxification establishments; educational and social labor centers; drug detoxification HIV/AIDS prevention and control, and family planning counseling offices.

b/ Electricity sale prices for public lighting apply to buyers consuming electricity for the following purposes:

- Lighting of streets, parks and lanes; temples, pagodas and churches; ranked historical relics; fallen hero cemeteries; condominiums or condominium stairs;

- Lifts of high-rise apartment buildings; pumping of water for residential consumption in condominiums and residential clusters;

- Traffic signal lights.

c/ Electricity sale prices for administrative and non-business agencies apply to buyers being:

- Working offices of state administrative agencies; non-business units: armed forces units: political organizations, socio-political organizations; and professional associations;

- Offices of embassies, diplomatic missions, representative offices of (non-business) international organizations;

- Offices of media agencies; sports training centers; radio and television stations; culture and information centers, sporting event halls; museums, memorial houses, exhibition centers, funeral parlors and crematoria;

- Budget-funded sections of trade fairs, marketplace management boards, and guesthouses of administrative agencies. Electricity buyers shall provide legal documents on their budget fund use as a basis for determining appropriate prices;

Example: Guesthouse A belongs to a state agency. Electricity consumed by the guesthouse's section operating with state budget funds is entitled to the sale price applicable to administrative and non-business agencies while electricity for business activities is subject to the sale price applicable to business and services.

- Health insurance and social insurance agencies;

- Research agencies; public and private universities, colleges and vocational training schools; and other training institutions (except those specified at Point a, Clause 3 of this Section);

- Central and local book and newspaper distributors, school and medical equipment suppliers, charity organizations;

- Storehouses with the national reserve function as prescribed by competent authorities;

- Non-profit social policy banks;

- Offices of irrigation work management and exploitation agencies;

- Offices of state-funded project management units.

Electricity amounts consumed for goods production activities (if any) of administrative agencies and non-business units are subject to the sale price applicable to production; while those consumed for business or service activities (if any) are subject to the sale price applicable to these activities.

4. Electricity retail prices for residential consumption

a/ Electricity retail prices for residential consumption specified in Clause 2. Article 11 of this Circular apply to poor and low-income households regularly consuming not more than 50 kWh/month and registering with electricity sellers.

Poor and low-income households, which having registered with electricity sellers, and regularly consuming not more than 50 kWh/month, continue to enjoy the first-level price. Those eligible for buying electricity at the first-level price, if having demand, shall register with electricity sellers. Electricity sellers shall guide these electricity buyers in carrying out registration procedures to buy electricity at the price specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular.

When the total electricity amount consumed by a registered household in the first month or first two months or for 3 consecutive months exceeds 150 kWh (with an allowance of 05 kWh for the difference in the lime of recording meter readings), the electricity seller may automatically switch such household to apply the electricity retail price applicable to ordinary households specified in Clause 3, Article 11 of this Circular from the subsequent month. Only after 12 months from the month of being switched to an ordinary household, this household may re-register with the electricity seller lo apply the price applicable to poor and low-income households.

For a buyer of electricity for residential consumption consisting of households sharing the same meter (though having separate civil status books), the consumed electricity amount used for application of the for-residential consumption electricity retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular shall be determined to be the average amount consumed by each household.

Example:

Case 1: A household registering lo apply the for-residential consumption electricity retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular consumes 40 kWh in July 2012. The charge payable by this buyer is VXD 43,692, including:

- Electricity charge: 40 kWh x VND 993/ kWh = VND 39,720

- Value-added tax (10%) = VND 3,972

In July, August, September 2012, if the total electricity amount consumed by this household is 160 kWh, the electricity seller may switch this household to apply the price applicable to ordinary households from October 2012.

Case 2: A household registering to apply the for-residential consumption electricity retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular consumes 156 kWh in July 2012. The charge payable by this buyer is VND 217,534, including:

- Electricity charge:

- First 50 kWh:

- Subsequent 50 kWh:

- Subsequent 50 kWh:

- Subsequent 6 kWh:

50 kWh x VND 993/kWh

50 kWh x VND 1,284/kWh

50 kWh x VND 1,457/kWh

6 kWh x VND 1,843/kWh

=

=

=

=

VND 49,650

VND 64,200

VND 72,850

VND 11,058

 

Total

=

VND 197,758

 

Value-added tax 10%

=

VND 19,776

From August 2012, the electricity seller may switch this household to apply the price applicable to ordinary households.

Case 3: A household registering to apply the for-residential consumption electricity retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular consumes 40 kWh in July 2012 and 120 kWh in August 2012. The charge payable by this buyer in August 2012 is VND 157,289, including:

- Electricity charge:

- First 50 kWh:

- Subsequent 50 kWh:

- Subsequent 20 kWh:

50 kWh x VND 993/kWh

50 kWh x VND 1,284/kWh

20 kWh x VND 1,457kWh

=

=

=

VND 49,650

VND 64,200

VND 29,140

 

Total

=

VND 142,990

 

Value-added tax 10%

=

VND 14,299

From September 2012, the electricity seller may switch this household to apply the price applicable to ordinary households.

b/ The progressive electricity sale price specified in Clause 3, Article 11 applies to ordinary households.

Example: An electricity buyer consumes 445 kWh in a month. The electricity charge payable by the buyer is VND 885,984, including:

- First 100 kWh:

- Subsequent 50 kWh:

- Subsequent 50 kWh:

- Subsequent 100 kWh:

- Subsequent 100 kWh:

- Subsequent 45 kWh:

100 kWh x VND 1,284kWh

50 kWh x VND 1,457/kWh

50 kWh x VND 1,843kWh

100 kWh x VND 1,997/kWh

100 kWh x VND 2,137kWh

45 kWh x VND 2,192/kWh

=

=

=

=

=

=

VND 128,400

VND 72,850

VND 92,150

VND 199,700

VND 213,700

VND 98,640

 

Total

=

VND 805,440

 

Value-added tax 10%

=

VND 80,544

c/ The progressive electricity price applies to an electricity buyer consisting of many households (with separate civil status books) which share an electric meter on the principle that the common levels in the progressive tariff for the buyer are equal to the electricity consumption amounts provided in the electricity sale tariff multiplied by the number of households sharing the electric meter.

Examples:

Case 1: For an electricity buyer consisting of 4 ordinary households buying electricity through an electric meter, progressive electricity retail price levels arc applied as follows:

- The VND 1,284/kWh price applies to the first 400 kWh = 100 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 1,457/kWh price applies to the subsequent 200 kWh = 50 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 1,843/kWh price applies to the subsequent 200 kWh = 50 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 1,997/kWh price applies to the subsequent 400 kWh = 100 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 2,137/kWh price applies to the subsequent 400 kWh = 100 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 2,192/kWh price applies to the 1,601st kWh and above

Case 2: For an electricity buyer consisting of 4 households registering to apply the electricity retail tariff for residential consumption specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular, buying electricity through an electric meter, progressive electricity retail prices are applied as follows:

- The VND 993/kWh price applies to the first 200 kWh = 50 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 1,248/kWh price applies to the subsequent 200 kWh = 50 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 1,457 kWh price applies to the subsequent 200 kWh = 50 kWh x 4 households)

- The VND 1,843/kWh price applies to the subsequent 200 kWh = 50 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 1,997/kWh price applies to the subsequent 400 kWh = 100 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 2,137/kWh price applies to the subsequent 400 kWh = 100 kWh x 4 households

- The VND 2,192/kWh price applies to the 1,601st kWh and above

d/ For buyers of electricity for residential consumption in condominiums of cadres, workers, civil servants and students, and armed forces, and houses of monks:

- When it is possible to declare the number of persons (based on long-term residence registration certificates), every 4 persons shall be considered one household for application of progressive electricity retail prices for residential consumption under Point a or b of this Clause;

- When it is impossible to declare the number of persons, the progressive electricity retail price for residential consumption for between 151st and 200th kWh under Clause 1, Article 11 of this Circular applies to the whole electricity amount measured at the meter.

dd/ The progressive electricity retail prices for residential consumption apply to consumers buying electricity through their own transformers;

e/ The signing of contracts to buy electricity for residential consumption in the case of leased houses shall comply with the following provisions:

- For each leased house address, the electricity seller shall sign only one electricity purchase and sale contract. The lessor shall produce the lessee's temporary residence registration certificate;

- When the lessee is a household, the lessor may directly sign or authorize the lessee to sign the electricity purchase and sale contract (with lessor's guarantee for electricity charge payment). Each lessee is entitled to an electricity consumption norm;

- When lessees are individual students or laborers (other than households), the electricity seller shall publicly announce and allocate electricity consumption norms to the lessor based on temporary residence registration certificates. Every 4 persons shall be considered a household for calculating norms for application of progressive electricity retail prices for residential consumption, specifically: 1 person shall be counted as 1/4 of a norm, 2 persons as ½, 3 persons as 3/4, and 4 persons as a norm;

- When lessees are individual students or laborers with temporary residence registration certificates for 12 months or more, lessors may directly sign or representatives of students or laborers may sign electricity purchase and sale contracts (with lessor's guarantee for electricity charge payment). For those leasing houses for less than 12 months, lessors shall directly sign the contracts;

- When lessees do not sign contracts directly with the electricity seller, the lessor shall collect electricity charges from lessees exactly according to monthly electricity retail bills issued by the electricity retailer plus 10% for electricity loss, lighting and water pumping, for common use;

- When the number of lessees changes, the lessor shall notify such to the electricity seller for adjustment of electricity consumption norms for electricity billing. The electricity seller may examine and request the electricity buyer to produce temporary residence registration certificates every month to determine the number of electricity consumers used for calculating electricity consumption norms for electricity billing

g/ In force majeure circumstances leading to electricity sellers' change of the time of recording meter readings, the consumed electricity amount of each for-residential consumption electricity sale price level shall be adjusted based on the actual number of days of the changed period of recording meter readings.

h/ When the date of recording meter readings does not coincide with the date of electricity price adjustment, progressive electricity charges for residential consumption shall be calculated by the interpolation method using the following parameters:

- Actual electricity amount consumed during the reading recording period:

- Number of days of actual electricity consumption (number of days between two reading recording dates, and numbers of days subject to the application of the old and new prices);

- Consumed electricity amount of each price level calculated according to the actual number of days between two reading recording dates.

i/ The electricity retail price for residential consumption specified in Clause 4, Article 11 of this Circular applies to temporary and short-term electricity buyers for residential consumption using prepaid card meters. When technical and legal conditions permit, electricity retailers shall install prepaid card meters in places in which there are customers wishing to buy electricity for residential consumption.

5. Electricity sale prices applicable to business activities

These prices apply to consumers of electricity for business or service provision purposes, including:

a/ Enterprises, service shops, departments stores, trade fairs, trading establishments wholesaling or retailing materials and goods, including also pesticide, veterinary drug, plant and animal breeder stores;

b/ Monetary or securities trading establishments, commercial banks, saving funds, financial companies, securities companies;

c/ Business establishments of media companies, cable television companies and digital terrestrial television companies;

d/ Lottery companies;

dd/ Institutions engaged in insurance operations (except social insurance and health insurance);

e/ Tourism establishments, photo shops, dancing halls, karaoke rooms, massage parlors;

g/ Restaurants, beverage stalls, hairdresser shops, laundry shops, tailor shops, car and motorcycle washing places;

h/ Advertising activities of production, business or service establishments;

i/ Establishments repairing and restoring automobiles, motorcycles, transport vehicles, consumer goods and household appliances;

k/ Hotels, inns, mini-hotels and guest houses of institutions and individuals; houses leased out as offices with house owners signing electricity purchase contracts;

l/ Ticket offices, cargo-forwarding stations, waiting rooms (including lounges), shops and stores at airports, stations, car terminals and ports;

m/ Road toll booths and car parking lots;

n/ Warehouses for goods in circulation;

o/ Offices and executive offices of business groups, corporations and companies, except cases of electricity consumption specified at Point dd, Clause 1 of this Section;

p/ Customer service offices and centers; counseling companies;

q/ Business sections of units operating in the fields of culture, arts, physical training and sports, cultural and information houses, sport competition facilities, museums, exhibition;

r/ Establishments dealing in such physical training and sports facilities as swimming pools, tennis courts and golf courses;

s/ Opera houses, art performance companies; cinema companies and cinemas; circuses;

t/ Communications and postal activities (except universal and mandatory postal services being public-utility ones) and telecommuni­cations activities (except switchboards, transmission networks, receiving and transmitting stations of telecommunications companies);

IV. ELECTRICITY SALE PRICES APPLICABLE TO RURAL AREAS

1. Rural electricity wholesale prices

a/ Rural electricity wholesale prices are prices of electricity sold by the Power Corporation or power companies to rural electricity retailers.

b/ Electricity wholesale prices applicable to rural residential consumption

- Electricity wholesale prices applicable to rural residential consumption specified in Article 15 of this Circular apply to electricity amounts consumed for residential purposes by households in communes, villages or hamlets and bought by rural electricity retailers at master meters installed at transformer stations, regardless of transformer stations built by electricity buyers or sellers and regardless of voltage;

- The wholesale price of electricity applicable lo rural residential consumption for the first 50 kWh specified in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Circular applies to electricity amounts consumed by poor and low-income households which regularly consume not more than 50 kWh per month and have registered with electricity sellers;

- The electricity wholesale prices applicable lo residential consumption in rural areas for the first 100 kWh and for subsequent levels specified in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Circular apply to electricity amounts consumed by ordinary households and for the electricity amount from the 51st kWh above consumed by poor and low-income households which have registered with electricity sellers:

- The total electricity amount for each level indicated on a master meter for calculating electricity charges is equal to the electricity norm of each level specified in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Circular multiplied by the number of registered poor and low-income households or the number of ordinary households behind such master meter;

- The number of rural households consuming electricity for residential purposes behind a master meter is the number of households with permanent residence books or long-term temporary residence certificates within the electricity supply of the master meter as certified by the commune-level police officer in charge of household registration and within the norm indicated in the electricity purchase and sale contract with a rural electricity retailer;

- The number of registered poor and low-income households behind a master meter shall be determined on the basis of the list of poor and low-income households registered for application of the retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular and certified by a lawful representative of the electricity buyer. The electricity wholesaler may check and request the electricity buyer to produce electricity bills and documentary evidence of the registration of poor and low-income households;

- The number of ordinary households is equal to the number of rural households consuming electricity for residential purposes behind a master meter minus the number of registered poor and low-income households;

- The electricity wholesale charge for residential consumption in rural areas in the month of electricity price change shall be computed as follows: The electricity amount of each level of the electricity wholesale prices applicable lo rural residential consumption at old and new prices is the daily amount norm multiplied by the actual number of days before and after the price adjustment in the month of price change. The daily amount norm of each level is the amount of each level divided by the actual number of days in the month of computing.

c/ The wholesale price of electricity consumed for other purposes at master meters for electricity wholesale in rural areas specified in Clause 3, Article 15 of this Circular applies to electricity amounts consumed not for residential purposes.

d/ The electricity amount subject to the wholesale price of electricity at master meters for other purposes is equal to the total commercial electricity amount consumed for other purposes measured at retail meters multiplied by 1.1.

dd/ The electricity amount subject to the wholesale price applicable to rural residential consumption by registered poor and low-income households is equal to the total commercial electricity amount consumed by registered poor and low-income households measured at retail meters multiplied by 1.1.

e/ The electricity amount subject to the wholesale price applicable to residential consumption in rural areas by ordinary households is equal to the total wholesaled electricity amount measured at master meters minus the amount subject to the wholesale price of electricity for other purposes and the amount subject to the wholesale price applicable to residential consumption in rural areas by registered poor and low-income households.

In case customers consuming electricity behind a master meter are only poor and low-income households registered for the application of the electricity retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular and customers consuming electricity for other purposes, the electricity amount consumed by poor and low-income households is equal lo the amount measured at the master meter minus the amount subject to the wholesale price for other purposes measured at the master meter.

In case customers consuming electricity behind a master meter are only poor and low-income households registered for the application of the electricity retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular, the wholesale price of electricity applicable to poor and low-income households specified in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Circular shall apply to the whole amount measured at the master meter.

Example:

Case 1: The master meter at a transformer station which supplies electricity for a village of 200 households consuming electricity for residential purposes measures in a month an electricity amount of 98,500 kWh. Within the scope of supply of electricity behind this master meter, there are households consuming electricity for residential purposes (including 25 households registered for the application of the tariff for poor and low-income households, which consume a total commercial electricity amount of 1,050 kWh) and a number of households consuming electricity for other purposes (production, business and services) with their own meters measuring a total electricity amount of 10,000 kWh in the month. The electricity charge payable by the rural electricity retailer to the power company for the electricity amount measured at this master meter shall be calculated as follows:

No.

Consumed amount/household/month

Month

Number of households

Amount (kWh)

Wholesale Price (VND/kWh)

Charge (exclusive of VAT) (VND)

I

Electricity consumed for other purposes

 

11,000

1,116

12,274,878

II

Electricity consumed by registered poor and low-income households for residential purposes

 

 

 

 

 

For the first 50 kWh

25

1,155

807

932,085

III

Electricity consumed by ordinary households for residential purposes

 

86,345

 

123,998,700

1

From 0 kWh to 100th kWh

175

17,500

1,014

17,745,000

2

From 101st kWh to 150th kWh

175

8,750

1,122

9,817,500

 

From 151st kWh to 200th kWh

175

8,750

1,419

12,416,250

4

From 201st kWh to 300th kWh

175

17,500

1,548

27,090,000

5

From 301st kWh to 400th kWh

175

17,500

1,656

28,980,000

6

From401st kWh

175

16,345

1,710

27,949,950

 

Total

 

98,500

 

137,205,663

 

VAT (10%)

 

 

 

13,720,566

 

Payable electricity charge

 

 

 

150,926,229

Case 2: The master meter at a transformer station which supplies electricity for a village of 200 households consuming electricity for residential purposes measures in a month an electricity amount of 98,500 kWh. Within the scope of supply of electricity behind this master meter, there are households consuming electricity for residential purposes (including 25 households registered for the application of the tariff for poor and low-income households, which consume a total commercial electricity amount of 1,500 kWh) and a number of households consuming electricity for other purposes (production, business and services) with their own meters measuring a total electricity amount of 10,000 kWh in the month. The electricity charge payable by the rural electricity retailer to the power company for the electricity amount measured at this master meter shall be calculated as follows:

No.

Consumed amount/household/month

Month....

Number of households

Amount (kWh)

Wholesale price (VND/kWh)

Charge (exclusive of VAT) (VND)

I

Electricity for other purposes

 

11,000

1,116

12,274,878

II

Electricity for daily life of registered poor and low-income households

 

1,650

 

1,414,350

 

For the first 50 kWh

25

1,250

807

1,008,750

 

From the 51st kWh

25

400

1,014

405,600

III

Electricity for daily life of ordinary households

 

85,850

 

123,152,250

1

From 0 kWh to l00th kWh

175

17,500

1,014

17,745,000

2

From 101st kWh to 150th kWh

175

8,750

1,122

9,817,500

3

From 151st kWh to 200th kWh

175

8,750

1,419

12,416,250

4

From 201st kWh to 300th kWh

175

17,500

1,548

27,090,000

5

From 301st kWh to 400th kWh

175

17,500

1,656

28,980,000

6

From 401st kWh

175

15,850

1,710

27,103,500

 

Total

 

98,500

 

136,841,478

 

VAT (10%)

 

 

 

13,684,148

 

Payable electricity charge

 

 

 

150,525,626

g/ Within 3 days after recording the reading on a master meter for a payment period, the rural electricity retailer shall provide to the electricity wholesaler:

- A statement of commercial electricity amounts consumed for other purposes;

- A list of registered poor and low-income households regularly consuming less than 50 kWh a month and commercial electricity amounts of each household;

- A list of households added or reduced (if any) certified by the commune-level police officer in charge of household registration.

Past this time limit, if the electricity retailer fails to provide fully the above documents, the electricity wholesaler may apply the wholesale price of electricity applicable to rural residential consumption of the level from the 151st to 200th kWh applicable to ordinary households specified in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Circular to the whole electricity amount measured at the master meter.

h/ In case transformer stations of agricultural or forestry farms in rural areas supply electricity for residential consumption and other purposes, the wholesale price of electricity applicable to rural residential consumption shall be applied to the whole electricity amount measured at master meters.

2. Rural electricity retail prices:

Rural electricity retail prices shall be applied as follows:

a/ Electricity retail prices applicable to rural residential consumption are those in the electricity retail tariff applicable to residential consumption provided in Article 11 of this Circular.

b/Retail prices of electricity for production, irrigation, non-business administrative and business purposes in rural areas are those in the retail tariff of electricity for corresponding purposes at the voltages specified in Articles 7, 8, 9 and 10 of this Circular.

V. ELECTRICITY SALE PRICES APPLICABLE TO CONDOMINIUMS AND RESIDENTIAL CLUSTERS

1. Electricity wholesale prices applicable to condominiums and residential clusters

a/ Electricity wholesale prices applicable to condominiums and residential clusters specified in Article 16 of this Circular are those at master meters applied by the Power Corporation, power companies or their authorized units to electricity retailers for retail to consumers in non-rural areas and outside industrial parks or to consumers in rural areas with master meters installed at feeder connection points of low-voltage transmission lines.

b/ Wholesale prices of electricity applicable to residential consumption at condominiums and residential clusters

- Wholesale prices of electricity applicable to residential consumption at condominiums and residential clusters specified in Article 16 of this Circular apply to electricity amounts consumed for residence by households and bought by electricity retailers at master meters installed at transformer stations, regardless of voltage;

- The wholesale price of electricity applicable to residential consumption at condominiums and residential clusters for the first 50 kWh specified in Clause 2, Article 16 of this Circular applies to electricity amounts consumed by poor and low-income households regularly consuming not more than 50 kWh a month and registered with electricity sellers;

The wholesale price of electricity applicable to residential consumption at condominiums and residential clusters for the whole first 100 kWh and prices corresponding to subsequent levels specified in Clause 2, Article 16 of this Circular apply to electricity amounts consumed by ordinary households and for the 51st kWh and above consumed by-poor and low-income households registered with electricity sellers;

- The total electricity amount for each level measured at a master meter for charge calculation is equal to the electricity norm of each level specified in Clause 2, Article 16 of this Circular multiplied by the number of registered poor and low-income households or the number of ordinary households behind such master meter;

- The number of households consuming electricity for residential purposes at condominiums and residential clusters behind a master meters is the number of households with permanent residence books or long-term temporary residence registration certificates and falling within the scope of supply of such master meter as certified by the commune or ward police officer in charge of household registration and within the norm indicated in the electricity purchase and sale contracts signed with electricity retailers;

- The number of registered poor and low-income households behind a master meter shall be determined on the basis of the list of poor and low-income households registered for application of the retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular and certified by a lawful representative of the electricity buyer. The electricity wholesaler may check and request the electricity buyer to produce electricity bills and documentary evidence of the registration of poor and low-income households;

- The number of other ordinary households is equal to the number of rural households consuming electricity for residential purposes behind a master meter minus the number of registered poor and low-income households;

- The electricity wholesale charge for residential consumption at condominiums and residential clusters in the month of electricity price change shall be calculated as follows: The electricity amount of each level of the electricity wholesale prices applicable to residential consumption at condominiums and residential clusters at old and new prices is the daily amount norm multiplied by the actual number of days before and after the price adjustment in the month of price change. The daily amount norm of each level is the amount of each level divided by the actual number of days in the month of calculation.

c/ Wholesale prices of electricity applicable to residential consumption bought from electricity wholesalers and retailed by electricity retailers to condominiums of cadres, workers, public employees, pupils, students, armed forces personnel, and homes of monks shall be applied as follows:

- In case it is possible to declare the number of individual consumers, every 4 consumers shall be considered a household for calculating the progressive electricity norm for residential consumption under Point b of this Clause;

- In case it is impossible to declare the number of individual consumers, the electricity wholesale price applicable to residential consumption of the level from the 151st to the 200th kWh for corresponding areas specified in Clause 2, Article 16 of this Circular shall be applied.

d/ Wholesale prices of electricity consumed for other purposes at condominiums and residential clusters

- The wholesale price of electricity applicable to condominiums and residential clusters specified in Clause 3, Article 16 of this Circular applies to electricity amounts consumed for non-residential purposes;

- The electricity amount subject to the wholesale price of electricity consumed for other purposes is equal to the total commercial electricity amount measured at retail meters for other purposes multiplied by 1.1;

- The electricity amount subject to the wholesale price of electricity consumed for other purposes at high-rise apartment buildings and new urban centers is equal to the total commercial electricity amount measured at retail meters for other purposes multiplied by 1.02.

dd/ The electricity amount subject to the wholesale price of electricity consumed for residential purposes by registered poor and low-income households in condominiums and residential clusters is equal to the total commercial electricity amount consumed by poor and low-income households and measured at retail meters multiplied by 1.1.

e/ The electricity amount subject to the wholesale price of electricity consumed for residential purposes by ordinary households in condominiums and residential clusters is equal to the total wholesale electricity amount measured at the master meter minus the electricity amount subject to the wholesale price of electricity consumed for other purposes and the wholesale price of electricity consumed for residential purposes by registered poor and low-income households in condominiums and residential clusters.

In case customers consuming electricity behind a master meter are only poor and low-income households registered for the application of the electricity retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular and customers consuming electricity for other purposes, the electricity amount consumed by poor and low-income households is equal to the amount measured at the master meter minus the amount subject to the wholesale price for other purposes measured at the master meter.

In case customers consuming electricity behind a master meter are only poor and low-income households registered for the application of the electricity retail tariff specified in Clause 2, Article 11 of this Circular, the wholesale price of electricity applicable to poor and low-income households specified in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Circular shall apply to the whole amount measured at the master meter.

Example:

Case 1: The master meter at a transformer station (built by the buyer - the electricity retailer) supplies electricity for a residential cluster of 50 households in a town for residential consumption, including 5 households registered for the application of the tariff for poor and low-income households, and a total electricity amount measured at retail meters of these five households is 210 kWh. The electricity amount measured at the master meter in a month is 25,000 kWh. In addition to these households, there are also households consuming electricity supplied through this master meter for other purposes (production, business and service provision) with their own meters measuring in the month a total electricity amount of 2,000 kWh. The electricity charge payable by the electricity retailer to the power company for the electricity amount measured at this master meter shall be calculated as follows:

No.

Consumed amount/household/month

Month....

Number of households

Amount (kWh)

Wholesale price (VND/kWh)

Charge (exclusive of VAT) (VND)

I

Electricity consumed for other purposes

 

2,200

1,125

2,476,061

II

Electricity consumed by registered poor and low-income households for residential purposes

 

 

 

 

 

For the first 50 kWh

5

231

900

207,900

III

Electricity consumed by ordinary households for residential purposes

 

22,569

 

37,265,637

1

From 0 kWh to 100th kWh

45

4,500

1,156

5,202,000

2

From 101st kWh to 150thkWh

45

2,250

1,277

2,873,250

3

From 151st kWh to 200thkWh

45

2,250

1615

3,633,750

4

From 201st kWh to 300th kWh

45

4,500

1,775

7,987,500

5

From 301st kWh to 400th kWh

45

4,500

1,901

8,554,500

6

From 401st kWh

45

4,569

1,973

9,014,637

 

Total

 

25,000

 

39,949,598

 

VAT (10%)

 

 

 

3,994,960

 

Payable electricity charge

 

 

 

43,944,558

Case 2: The master meter at a transformer station (built by the buyer - the electricity retailer) supplies electricity for a residential cluster of 50 households in a town for residential consumption, including 05 households registered for the application of the tariff for poor and low -income households, and a total electricity amount measured at retail meters of these live households is 300 kWh. The electricity amount measured at the master meter in a month is 25,000 kWh. In addition to these households, there are also households consuming electricity supplied through this master meter for other purposes (production, business and service provision) with their own meters measuring in the month a total electricity amount of 2,000 kWh. The electricity charge payable by the electricity retailer to the power company for (he electricity amount measured at this master meter shall be calculated as follows:

No.

Consumed amount/household/month

Month....

Number of households

Amount (kWh)

Wholesale Price (VND/kWh)

Charge (exclusive of VAT) (VND)

I

Electricity consumed for other purposes

 

2,200

1,125

2,476,061

II

Electricity consumed by registered poor and low-income households for residential purposes

 

330

 

317,480

 

For the first 50 kWh

5

250

900

225,000

 

From the 51st kWh

5

80

1,156

92,480

III

Electricity consumed by ordinary households for residential purposes

 

22,470

 

37,070,310

1

From 0 kWh to 100th kWh

45

4,500

1,156

5,202,000

2

From 101st kWh to 150th kWh

45

2,250

1,277

2,873,250

3

From 151stkWh to 200th kWh

45

2,250

1,615

3,633,750

4

From 201st kWh to 300th kWh

45

4,500

1,775

7,987,500

5

From 301st kWh to 400th kWh

45

4,500

1,901

8,554,500

6

From 401st kWh

45

4,470

1,973

8,819,310

 

Total

 

25,000

 

39,863,851

 

VAT (10%)

 

 

 

3,986,385

 

Payable electricity charge

 

 

 

43,850,236

g/ Within 3 days after recording the reading on a master meter for a payment period, the rural electricity retailer shall provide to the electricity-wholesaler:

- A statement of commercial electricity amounts consumed for other purposes;

- A list of registered poor and low-income households regularly consuming less than 50 kWh a month and commercial electricity amounts of each household;

- A list of households added or reduced (if any) certified by the commune-level police officer in charge of household registration.

Past this time limit, if the electricity retailer fails to provide fully the above documents, the electricity wholesaler may apply the wholesale price of electricity applicable to corresponding areas of the level of from the 151st to 200th kWh applicable to other ordinary households specified in Clause 2, Article 15 of this Circular to the whole electricity amount measured at the master meter.

For high-rise apartment buildings in cities and new urban centers, within 3 days after recording readings on the master meter, the electricity retailer shall provide the electricity wholesaler with bills or a list of commercial electricity amounts consumed for other purposes and the norm for households consuming electricity for residential purposes with the certification of a lawful representative of the electricity retailer enclosed with a list of households added or reduced (if any) certified by the ward police officer in charge of household registration for calculation of electricity charges. Fast this lime limit, if the electricity retailer fails to provide fully the above documents, the electricity wholesaler may apply the residential electricity wholesale price of the level from the 201st to 300th kWh to the whole electricity amount consumed for residential purposes sold through the master meter.

h/ For rural areas which are decided by competent authorities to be transformed into urban areas within townships, towns or cities or townships decided to be upgraded into towns or cities, electricity retailers in these areas may continue applying the tariff applicable to old areas within 6 months after the issuance of such decisions. Past that time limit, electricity retailers shall apply electricity sale prices applicable to new areas.

Example: Communes A, B and C arc decided by a competent authority to be transformed into wards belonging to an urban district of a city from July 15, 2012. Not later than January 15, 2013, electricity retailers in these communes shall shift from the electricity wholesale tariff applicable to rural areas to the wholesale tariff applicable to condominiums and residential clusters in cities or towns.

2. Electricity retail prices applicable to condominiums and residential clusters

Electricity retail prices applicable to condominiums and residential clusters shall be applied as follows:

a/ Electricity retail prices applicable to residential consumption at condominiums and residential clusters are those in the electricity retail tariff applicable to residential consumption specified in Article 11 of this Circular.

b/ Electricity retail prices applicable to production, non-business administrative and business activities at condominiums and residential clusters are those in the electricity retail tariff applicable to corresponding purposes at the voltages specified in Articles 7, 8, 9 and 10 of this Circular.

VI. ELECTRICITY SALE PRICES APPLICABLE TO INDUSTRIAL PARKS

1. Electricity wholesale prices applicable to industrial parks

a/ Electricity wholesale prices applied by power companies to electricity retailers in industrial parks are specified in Article 17 of this Circular.

b/ Wholesale prices of electricity specified in Clause 1, Article 17 of this Circular apply to industrial parks in which electricity retailers build transformer stations and medium-voltage transmission lines to sell electricity to electricity consumers in these industrial parks. Wholesale prices of electricity applicable to each 110/35-22-10-6 kV transformer station shall be determined on the basis of the total capacity of the 110 kV transformer installed at the station.

Example: The electricity management and retail unit in industrial park A buys electricity from electricity seller B at the 110 kV busbar of a 110/22 kV transformer station to sell to electricity consumers in the industrial park at the voltage of 22 kV. The 110/220 kV transformer station has 2 transformers of 40 MVA each. The total capacity of the transformer station is 2 x 40 MVA = 80 MVA.

Prices shall be applied as follows:

 

Wholesale prices of electricity (VND/kWh)

- Off-peak hours

1,108

- Low-load hours

675

- Peak hours

2,019

The electricity management and retail unit in industrial park A sells electricity to production households in the industrial park at the voltage of 22 kV at the following prices:

 

Wholesale prices of electricity (VND/kWh)

- Off-peak hours

1,184

- Low-load hours

746

- Peak hours

2,156

c/ Electricity wholesale prices specified in Clause 2, Article 17 of this Circular apply to cases in which electricity retailers in industrial parks buy electricity from electricity sellers at medium-voltage busbars of 110/35-22-10-6 kV transformer stations or feeder connection points of medium-voltage transmission lines and retail electricity to electricity consumers in these industrial parks at the medium-voltage side of 35-22-10-6 kV/0.4 kV transformer stations.

The electricity wholesale price at a master meter is the retail price of electricity applicable to manufacturing industries specified in Article 7 of this Circular at the corresponding voltage reduced by 2%. The electricity amount for calculating the reduced price shall be based on the actual amount measured at the master meter.

Example: The electricity management and retail unit in industrial park A buys electricity from an electricity seller at the 22 kV busbar of the 110/22 kV transformer station of the industrial park to sell to electricity-consuming households in the industrial park at the 22kV side of the 22/0.4 kV transformer station:

Electricity charges shall be paid by the electricity management and retail unit in industrial park A to the electricity seller at the following prices:

 

Prices of electricity (VND/kWh)

- Off-peak hours

- Low-load hours

- Peak hours

1,184 x 98% = 1,160

746 x 98% = 731

2,156 x 98% = 2,113

The electricity retail price at which the electricity management and retail unit in industrial park A sells electricity to consumers in the industrial park at the voltage of 22 kV is as follows:

 

Sale prices of electricity (VND/kWh)

- Off-peak hours

1.184

- Low-load hours

746

- Peak hours

2.156

d/ Electricity wholesale prices specified in Clause 3, Article 17 of this Circular apply to cases in which electricity retailers in industrial parks buy electricity from electricity sellers at the medium-voltage side of 35-22-10-6/0.4 kV transformer stations and retail electricity to electricity consumers in these industrial parks at the voltage of 0.4 kV.

The electricity wholesale price at a master meter is the retail price of electricity at the corresponding medium voltage applicable to manufacturing industries specified in Article 7 of this Circular.

Example: The electricity retailer in industrial park A buys electricity from an electricity seller at the voltage of 22 kV to sell to electricity-consuming households in the industrial park at the voltage of 0.4kV:

Electricity charges shall be paid by the electricity retailer in industrial park A to the electricity seller at the following prices

 

Sale prices of electricity (VND/kWh)

- Off-peak hours

1,184

- Low-load hours

746

- Peak hours

2,156

2. Retail prices of electricity sold to consumers in industrial parks

a/ Retail prices of electricity sold to consumers in industrial parks apply to proper subjects and are equal to those specified in Chapter II of this Circular.

b/ Retail prices of electricity sold to consumers in industrial parks buying electricity from the national power grid while having on-spot electricity generation sources are those specified in Article 13 of this Circular.


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