Korea seeks to crack down on energy usage
For many Koreans, this summer's high temperatures may have been a bit more unpleasant compared to years past, because the country has been struggling to stave off power shortages.
To turn the tide, the ruling Saenuri Party's special committee on energy announced revised plans on Wednesday to curb electricity consumption.
"The more electricity you use, the more you will be fined, although we will charge less for those who need financial support."
The committee proposes to maintain the current electricity price rate for people who use less than 2-hundred kilowatts per month,and raise fees on those using more than 9-hundred kilowatts. For those who use electricity between the 200 to 600 kilowatt range the committee did not give any specific details.
But restructuring price bills only treats the symptoms.
Larger issues remain, such as cases of corruption within the nuclear industry.
The special committee on energy plans to punish any entity that is found to have forged safety certificates or supplied fake parts to nuclear power plants with fines of up to 4.5 million U.S. dollars, a drastic rise from the current 45-thousand dollar fine.
The committee's recommendations will be submitted as a bill to the National Assembly, and if passed, the changes will take effect.
The moves would help mitigate the crisis, but with six of Korea's nuclear reactors currently out of operation, the energy shortages and concerns are almost assuredly going to continue.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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