Fuel price adjustment: NEPRA orders Rs35b reimbursement to consumers

The amount will be returned to consumers through future monthly bills.


Web Desk December 01, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The National Electronic Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has ordered power companies to reimburse the amount collected on account of fuel price adjustment (FPA) to consumers, Express News reported on Sunday.

In 2011, Nepra had allowed distribution companies of Islamabad, Lahore, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Peshawar, Quetta and Sukkur to charge FPA in power bills.

The amount that will be repaid to energy consumers totals to around Rs35 billion. The amount will be returned to consumers through future monthly bills.

A notification was also issued in this regard on November 29.

The order applies to amount collected from June 2012 to May 2013.

COMMENTS (12)

Ali S | 8 years ago | Reply

I read a news item in an English daily a few months back that said that KESC was the only electricity supplier in Pakistan that was turning a profit - despite Karachi having generally less loadshedding than Punjab. The reason? They re-zoned their loadshedding schedule by bill collection. Areas with over 80% collection have zero loadshedding (this includes a lot of middle-class areas), those in the 60-80% range have up to 3 hours, and so on. That's the benefit of being a private corporation - you're not bound by corrupt government practices and can implement solutions that are beneficial to yourself and the customers (most Karachiites - those who pay for their bills - are fairly satisfied with KESC's service).

This shows that the problem isn't just supply and demand, a lot of it has to do with the gross mismanagement at government run organizations.

Xnain | 8 years ago | Reply

@Reality Check: Just the non-collection amounts to 120 Billion PKR. Theft is separate. link text

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