Wednesday September 22, 2021

22 paisa cut okayed for next month

July 29, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Wednesday announced providing Rs0.22/unit relief to power consumers in their next month’s bills.

The authority held a public hearing on the petition of the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) that it had filed before the regulator to determine the monthly Fuel Charges Adjustment (FCA) for the month of June 2021.

The regulator has tentatively worked out that the Power Distribution Companies (DISCOs) should return 22 paisa per unit to consumers in their next month bills. This relief will be given because the DISCOs had charged the higher cost from the consumers while the actual charges were low.

The regulator will issue its decision in a few days and then it would be applicable.

It is worth mentioning that this relief will be not available to lifeline power consumers (who use less than 50 units a month), agricultural and K-Electric consumers.

The NEPRA chairman also expressed displeasure over violation of the economic merit order. He said that by violating the order and running costly power plants, the consumers had been deprived of around Rs1.5 billion relief. The CCPA official said that the National Transmission and Despatch (NTDC) was responsible for this, as it has an agreement with the DISCOs. A member of the regulatory body expressed anger and stated that when the NTDC is not taking responsibility then why is it coming and filing a petition for raising electricity tariff. During the month, of total generated from all sources, the costliest 0.43 percent electricity was generated from High-Speed Diesel (HSD) at Rs20.267/unit, then 8.18 percent electricity from Residual Fuel Oil (RFO) at Rs14.5285/unit.