Pyongyang boosts state collection of electricity fees
North Korean authorities recently implemented an experimental measure in Pyongyang aimed at increasing the state’s collection of electricity fees to pay for the opening of a major tourism zone, Daily NK sources in Pyongyang reported on Jan. 10.
“An order handed down to parts of Pyongyang, including residences located near the Mirae Scientists Street, on Jan. 4 compels households who use more electricity than normal to pay a set fee for the privilege,” one source told Daily NK.
Pyongyang sources reported that the National Electricity Regulatory Committee, which is under the Cabinet’s Ministry of Electrical Industry, now requires households in parts of Pyongyang to pay a monthly fee of USD 50 for using extra electricity.
In addition, households must pay at least six months’ worth of electricity in advance to cover “maintenance and application fees,” sources said. ......