Hong Kong Electricity cost set to Rise in 2013

increased tariffs, electricity, Hong Kong

The cost of electricity in Kowloon served by CLP will increase by 5.9% and Hong Kong Island served by HKE by 2.3% in 2013 it’s reported in the SCMP (see above). However, the full details are not revealed as yet.

Ultra low users, those consuming less than 400 kwh over two months, should enjoy a reduced cost in 2013, but I suspect there will not be many customers that fall into that category. 400 kwh equates to 37 18 watt CFL’s operating 10 hours per day.  And heavy users will be penalised.

As energy costs rise firms with active energy management projects are leading the charge to lower costs. Whilst many organisations are still seeking silver bullet solutions, the real progress has been made improving operations.

It’s worth remembering that although a building might appear as a fixed edifice from the outside, internally churn is constant. It’s one reason why we suspect owners don’t engage, the building looks the same as before,  nothings changed.

But nothing could be further from the truth, technicians should be maintaining and repairing you’re E&M systems but often maintenance is deferred.  We have found and identified countless defects in buildings including leaking ducts, leaking air handlers, blocked cooling coils, air locked chilled water pipes, broken control valves, tampered set points, sensors in the wrong location, to name just a few.  Most people seem to be banking their hopes on some new technology, but that is not the solution, on ground in plant rooms most fear to tread we have found solutions to lower operating costs. You’re competitors have progressed, are you?

About John A. Herbert, REA, energy consultant, BEAM Pro

John is director of energyLAB energy consultants firm, he has with more than 30 years engineering experience gained across three continents. He is Registered Energy Assessor, a member of HKAEE. Read his blog at http://www.johnherbert.hk
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