Newspaper article China Post

Electricity Act Revisions Pass Preliminary Review, Approval Expected in Jan

Newspaper article China Post

Electricity Act Revisions Pass Preliminary Review, Approval Expected in Jan

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislators completed a line-by-line review of revisions to the Electricity Act on Thursday, which can be expected to gain legislative approval in January at the earliest.

Among the total 96 lines in the draft bill, lawmakers reached a consensus on 92 statutes, leaving four contentious statutes to be decided later in further negotiations.

Matters under debate in the four statutes include which level of government the energy regulator should be at, how to calculate power rates, terms of conditional discounts on energy rates, whether households with children under the age of 12 should receive subsidies for power usage and an exact timeline for nuclear waste removal from Orchid Island.

Legislator Kuan Bi-ling ([...]), who had chaired the review, said further negotiations would span around a month and said the goal was to pass the new Electricity Act by Jan. 18.

Kuan said the long-term aim of the revision was to liberalize the energy market. …

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