Taiwan to subsidize utility bills for businesses hit by corona virus

Mar 25, 2020
Posted by Patrick Haddad

The government of Taiwan has considered plans to subsidize utility bills for businesses hurt amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has conferred with state-owned Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) and Taiwan Water Corporation on the bailout program. A cap on utility fee deductions will be implemented, depending on the extent to which companies have been affected.

According to the preliminary plan, firms which have seen their revenue drop 15 percent for two months compared to the same period last year, or compared to their average revenue in the six months leading up to December 2019, will be eligible for the utility payment reductions.

Taipower rolled out similar offers to help businesses weather crises, such as the 2008 financial meltdown. Victims of major earthquakes have also seen their energy payments subsidized.

The government is working to introduce a series of bailout plans for sectors affected by the Wuhan virus (COVID-19). Last week, the Cabinet pledged funds to airlines suffering from financial woes without setting a cap on the loans promised to them.

Source: Taiwan News

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Closed sign in Yellowstone / Bryan Mills / Flickr / CC BY 2.0


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