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NEPRA drops power bomb on consumers battling rains, inflation

The CCPA has once again urged the power regulatory authority to increase the power tariff. This time it was urged to increase the tariff on behalf of power distributing companies

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority allowed power distribution companies a tariff increase of Rs1.56 per unit on account of fuel cost adjustment for October 2019.

The regulator, at the public hearing of a petition filed by the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) on behalf of distribution companies, pointed out that the tariff hike was allowed because consumers got electricity at a lower price in October.

The CPPA had sought a greater increase

However, the CPPA had sought a price increase of Rs1.7579 per unit. The distribution companies would collect extra Rs14.5 billion from power consumers in December bills.

In its petition, the CPPA pleaded that it had charged consumers a reference tariff of Rs3.7579 per unit in October while the actual fuel cost turned out to be more than the amount charged. Hence, it should be allowed to increase tariff by Rs1.7397 per unit.

However, Nepra approved increase of Rs1.56 per unit. The tariff adjustment will, however, not be applicable to the lifeline consumers who consume up to 50 companies a month and K-Electric consumers.

According to the petition, total energy generation stood at 9,572 gigawatt-hours (GWh) in October costing Rs48.01 billion or Rs5.0159 per unit. Of the total, the net electricity delivered to the distribution companies came in at 9,296.6 GWh with transmission losses of 258.94 GWh.

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The share of hydroelectric power in the total energy mix was 2,438.8 GWh or 25.48% in October. Energy generated with the help of imported re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) was calculated at 2,432.7 GWh or 25.41% at a cost of Rs9.884 per unit.

Power generation from coal came in at 2,356.9 GWh or 24.62%) at a cost of Rs5.8508 per unit. Domestic natural gas-based power generation stood at 1,164.94 GWh (or 12.17%) costing Rs7.227 per unit.

Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) on Tuesday on behalf of power distributing companies urged National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to increase electricity tariffs by Rs0.86 per unit for a period of one month.

The said increase was demanded keeping in mind the variations in cost of power generation.

Sources quoting CPPA’s plea said that the cost of electricity production had remained at Rs4.40 per unit in July while the reference fuel cost for the said month was Rs3.54 per unit.

Sources further said that NEPRA will hold a hearing on September 1, 2020 regarding Fuel Price Adjustment (FPA) adding that the proposed increase if approved would put additional burden on the masses.

Furnace based electricity is expensive

Around 883.23 GWh of electricity was generated from nuclear sources with a per-unit cost of Rs1.0134. Its share was calculated at around 9.23% of the total generation.

Furnace oil-based electricity had a share of around 19.26 GWh or 0.20% costing Rs13.4435 per unit. In October, no electricity was generated from high-speed diesel.

From Iran, 43.05 GWh or 0.45% of electricity was imported at a cost of Rs11.571 per unit. Among renewable energy sources, wind and solar energy contributed 153.05 GWh and 61.58 GWh respectively.

Bagasse-based electricity contributed 5.43 GWh or 0.06% of electricity to the energy mix at a cost of Rs3.305 per unit. From mixed sources, 13.07 GWh or 0.14% of electricity was generated, costing Rs6.82 per unit.

Power Regularity Authority urged to increase electricity tariffs

Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) on Tuesday on behalf of power distributing companies urged National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to increase electricity tariffs by Rs0.86 per unit for a period of one month.

The said increase was demanded keeping in mind the variations in cost of power generation.

Sources quoting CPPA’s plea said that the cost of electricity production had remained at Rs4.40 per unit in July while the reference fuel cost for the said month was Rs3.54 per unit.

Sources further said that NEPRA will hold a hearing on September 1, 2020 regarding Fuel Price Adjustment (FPA) adding that the proposed increase if approved would put additional burden on the masses.

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GVS News Desk