NEPRA raises power tariff

Published: May 4, 2012

MEAN RATE: Rs7.8 is the base tariff applicable to all electricity consumers for monthly consumption.

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has raised the power tariff by Rs6.03 per unit; on account of fuel adjustment charges for four months from October 2011 to January 2012.

The changes in the power tariff will be reflected in electricity bills for June, July and August 2012 for all consumers of power distribution companies (Discos). The tariff raise will be applicable to all types of consumers, except lifeline consumers and those who are supplied electricity from the KESC.

Nepra has reduced the power tariff for consumers of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) by Rs0.85 per unit; on account of fuel adjustment for the month of September 2011. The reduction will reflect in the electricity bills of KESC consumers from June 2012.

At present, the base tariff is Rs7.80 per unit. Due to stay orders from courts, Nepra had previously delayed the decision to raise the power tariff for ‘fuel adjustment’.

According to the notification, Nepra has raised the power tariff to recover fuel costs for the month of October 2011. The actual fuel surcharge stood at Rs 6.8413 per unit, against the reference fuel surcharge component of Rs4.7146 per unit; necessitating a rise of Rs2.1267 per unit. Discos will recover the cost of fuel while billing consumers for the month of June 2012.

For November 2011, the actual fuel surcharge stood at Rs6.1947 per unit, against the corresponding reference fuel surcharge component of Rs5.0245 per unit. Nepra has therefore raised the power tariff by Rs1.1701 per unit to recover the cost of fuel used for November 2011. Discos will charge the fuel adjustment while billing consumers for the month of July 2012.

Nepra had determined the reference fuel surcharge component to be Rs6.2818 per unit for the month of December 2011; however, the actual fuel surcharge was Rs7.1471 per unit, requiring a hike of Rs0.8653 per unit; which power companies will recover in the month of July 2012.

For January 2012, the actual fuel surcharge was Rs9.1915 per unit, against the corresponding reference fuel surcharge component of Rs7.3201 per unit. Nepra has therefore raised the power tariff by Rs1.8715 per unit for the month, on account of fuel adjustment. Discos will charge the same in bills for the month of August 2012.

Nepra has, meanwhile, reduced KESC’s power tariff by Rs0.85 per unit to adjust actual fuel costs for the month of September 2011. The reduction will be accommodated in KESC consumers’ bills for June 2012. This decision is not applicable to lifeline consumers and consumers from the agricultural sector.

According to the notification, KESC had sold 1.28 billion units in the month of September 2011, while the cost of power generation using oil fuels had reduced by Rs807 million. The KESC had requested a decrease in the power tariff by Rs0.63 per unit to adjust the same, but Nepra slashed it by Rs0.85 per unit. Earlier, Nepra had decided to reduce the tariff by Rs0.19 per unit for consumers of KESC on account of fuel adjustment for the month of August 2011.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • JM
    May 4, 2012 - 10:23PM

    NEPRA does NOT taken action for the electricity stolen all over Pakistan; rather it is punishing the ones who are paying……………………………………………….. NEPRA will suffer due to this very soon.

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  • May 5, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Democracy Khappay :P

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