S.Korea president orders temporary cut in electricity rate amid heat wave

SEOUL- South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered a temporary cut in electricity rate amid the scorching heat wave that hit the entire country, the presidential Blue House said Monday.

Moon said at a meeting with his senior secretaries that a temporary easing of the incremental electricity rate system for households should be conducted in July and August, along with the expanded discount of electricity costs for the low-income bracket and social welfare facilities.

The instruction came as the sweltering heat wave swept the entire country. Temperatures across the country hovered around 40 degrees Celsius, but the low-income households refrained from operating air conditioners on concerns over a so-called “electricity charge bomb.”

Published on Xinhua Net, 6th August, 2018