NEPRA approves raise in KESC power tariff

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has approved a power tariff raise of 32 paisas per unit for KESC.

Express August 16, 2011

KARACHI: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved a power tariff raise of 32 paisas per unit for Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), Express 24/7 reported on Tuesday.

The decision was taken after a hearing at NEPRA headquarters in Islamabad.

The raise in the power tariff will be adjusted in the electricity bill starting next month.

(Read: Power tariff: Govt plans 14% increase in four phases)

KESC had earlier filed a petition with NEPRA asking for an increase of 34 paisas per unit on account of fuel adjustment charges.

Electricity tariffs are extraordinarily complex since power companies charge different rates for varying levels of consumption as well as having different rates for residential, commercial and industrial users. In addition, there can be variation between the rates charged during peak and off-peak hours.

Tariff increases are typically calculated by taking into account the rises in costs for power companies, usually involving changes in fuel prices (mostly oil, but also natural gas).

KESC typically requests quarterly adjustments to its power tariffs, which are set by Nepra.


Zulfiqar | 12 years ago | Reply

@Bilal: Typical Pakistani consumer... never want to pay the real cost of anything. Do you realise that even with fuel adjustments being passed through, Pakistanis pay less for power than just about any other country? The reason you have such a disastrous power sector is because it doesnt make any profits, will therefore never have the capacity to maintain investment at the required levels, and will eventually collapse. Start complaining when the only source of electricity you have left is diesel generators at 20 times what you pay now.

Naeem Siddiqui | 12 years ago | Reply

@Bilal Power outage in Pakistan and especially in Karachi is a result of collective sins (Power theft, not paying bills and not reporting power theft) so the consequences (Power outage and price hike) will also be collective.

Two avoid power outage and increase in power bill; consumers should pay their bills on time and report those in their neighbourhood who are steeling power and not paying bills. Consumers should also stop wastage of power in the events of marriage and other religious and social gathering.

It’s a collective responsibility Mate! Otherwise problem will never resolve.

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