Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignatius Jonan recently raised the idea of expanding the use of electric stoves to trim imports and subsidies on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) 3 kilograms (kg). Jonan called electric stove was much more efficient than a gas stove. According to the count, the cost of discharging an Electric Hob only about 50-60% of the gas stove.
Responding to such discourse, Executive Director of the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), Fabby Tumiwa, revealed that cooking with an electric stove is indeed relatively cheap.
But the price of the electric stove is much more expensive than gas stove, about Rp 600 thousand to Rp 1 million range.While the gas stove cost under USD 500 thousand.
“Compared to disposable LPG is indeed more efficient. But try searching for an electric stove, it costs Rp 600 thousand to Rp 1 million. If target the poor, they can’t afford to buy, “said Fabby.
In addition, a good quality electric stove requires power 800 Watts to 1,600 watts. Certainly the only homes that subscribe to electric over 1,300 VA who can use them.
While users of LPG 3 kg are typically lower middle class and poor. They are electric household customers 450 VA or VA 900 or subsidized group.
“Usually need high Watt electric stove. There is indeed a 300-400 Watt, but who can cook fast 800-1,600 Watt, “he explained.
Users of LPG 3 kg are also not only housekeeping, such as street vendors. Then the best solution slashed subsidies LPG 3 kg instead of replacing it with an electric stove, but make the subsidy LPG 3 kg is right on target for the poor and couldn’t afford it.