Hongkong Electric

More want powerhouses to face tighter regulations: Greenpeace poll

Greenpeace poll shows majority of respondents want a check on rates and more green energy

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 December, 2012, 5:35am

The pool of those who support the use of renewable energy and who believe the government should tighten regulations on the two power companies has doubled in the last ten years, a green group survey shows.

A phone poll by Greenpeace last month found that 80 per cent of its 1,031 respondents believe the government should tighten its regulations on CLP Power and Hongkong Electric. About 70 per cent believe electricity tariffs should be controlled.

Compared with a survey by the Census and Statistics Department 10 years ago, the percentage of those who want the city's administration to increase its control on the electricity companies has almost doubled, from only 43 per cent in 2003.

The Greenpeace poll also found that more than 74 per cent of its respondents would choose to use renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power - 40 per cent more than the percentage of people who said they would do so in the 2003 survey.

The survey results have prompted Greenpeace to urge the government to put the people's interests as its top priority in next year's interim review of the two electric companies' regulatory and profit regime.

"The findings show how Hong Kong people feel when they have been exploited by the two electricity companies," said Greenpeace campaigner Yeung Man-yau. "The government should grab the golden chance next year to get back the autonomy of adjusting the level of electricity charges to provide a fairer mechanism for the public."

He suggested the government stop the regressive rate rebate for high-volume users and establish a progressive rate instead.

"Hong Kong people are also now more accepting of renewable energy sources. To protect our people's rights, the government should ask the companies to share the burden of introducing these renewable energy sources," said Yeung.

An interim review on CLP Power and Hongkong Electric will be conducted next year, according to the Scheme of Control Agreement between the government and the two companies.




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