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For September, Nepra approves a Rs2.52 increase in fuel adjustment

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) authorised a Rs2.52 per unit increase in the power price for ex-Wapda distribution companies (Discos) customers due to fuel cost adjustments for the month of September on Tuesday.

Discos charged consumers a reference fuel pricing of Rs5.02 per unit in September, according to a Nepra statement dated November 8, but the real fuel cost turned out to be Rs7.55 per unit, a disparity of Rs2.52 per unit.

Discos “must reflect the fuel costs adjustment in respect of September 2021 in the billing month of November 2021,” according to the notice.

It went on to say that the tariff hike will affect all consumer groups except lifeline customers and K-Electric (KE) customers.

Discos “must reflect the fuel costs adjustment in respect of September 2021 in the billing month of November 2021,” according to the notice.

It went on to say that the tariff hike will affect all consumer groups except lifeline customers and K-Electric (KE) customers.

Increase in base tariff

Earlier this month, the Nepra had allowed the federal government to notify a Rs1.68 per unit increase in base power tariff for all residential consumers and Rs1.39 per unit for all other consumer categories with effect from November 1, in order to meet another requirement of the International Monetary Fund’s programme.

The higher tariff would be applicable across the country for all power companies, including KE, but all residential consumers under monthly consumption of 200 units would remain protected from the price hike through subsidy, Dawn had reported at the time.

The report said the decision would generate about Rs168 billion to power companies and reduce subsidy otherwise to be paid out of the budget during the current fiscal year. The revision would increase the average base power tariff, excluding various taxes, surcharges and duties, etc, from Rs13.97 per unit at present to Rs15.36 per unit.

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