Distribution companies seek 63 paisa per unit power tariff hike

  • NEPRA has called a hearing on 23rd January to consider the proposed adjustment for December 2018

ISLAMABAD: Power distributing companies (DISCOs) have asked National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to increase the price of electricity by 63 paisa per unit under the head fuel price adjustment for the month of December 2018, it was learnt on Wednesday.

According to details, Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), in an application on behalf of DISCOs, has proposed NEPRA to increase Rs0.6356/kWh over the reference fuel charges i-e, Rs5.8619/kWh for the month of December 2018. NEPRA has called a hearing on 23rd January at its headquarters to consider the proposed adjustment.

NEPRA, through a public notice, has invited all the interested/affected parties to raise written/oral objections as permissible under the law at the public hearing.

The CPPA, in its application, has advocated DISCOs stance that although power consumers were charged with Rs5.86/unit, the actual expenditures registered for generation of power during the month of December 2018 were of Rs6.49/unit.

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According to the available documents, power production in December with hydel source was 17.29pc, coal 20.25pc, residual fuel oil 12.06pc, gas 21.76pc, re-gasified liquefied natural gas 12.44pc, nuclear 11.62pc, import (Iran) 0.47pc, mixed 0.31pc, wind 2.21pc, bagasse 0.91pc and solar 0.69pc.

Similarly, a total of 1,334.49 GWh was generated with hydel source while 1,563.13GWh with coal, 930.78 GWh with RFO, 1,679.26 GWh with gas, 960.54 GWh with RLNG, 896.59 GWh with nuclear, 36.11 GWh with Iranian import, 23.76GWh with mixed sources, 170.66 GWH with wind, 70.39 GWh with bagasse and 52.93 GWh with solar source of electricity generation.

Pursuant to Section 31 (7) of the NEPRA Act (XL of 1997) and the mechanism for monthly fuel price adjustment prescribed by the authority in the tariff determinations of ex-WAPDA distribution companies (DISCOs), the authority has to review and revise the approved tariff on account of any variations in the fuel charges on a monthly basis.

It is pertinent to mention that the said raise in the power price would not be applicable to the power consumers of K-Electric and the consumer who use 300 units or less in a month.

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Ahmad Ahmadani
The author is a an investigative journalist at Profit. He can be reached at [email protected]
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