The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has announced to provide relief to the consumers by reducing power tariff rates.
Prior to this, the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA-G) recommended an increase of Rs 0.4437 per unit to NEPRA, citing the weighted average reference fuel cost of FY 2015-16. However, NEPRA rejected the request and decreased the rate by Rs 1.86 per unit instead. This decision was taken after factoring in the weighted average reference fuel costs of FY 2014-15.
The reduction in power tariffs has been made after taking into account the fuel adjustment costs for March 2018. It should be noted that the cut in electricity tariff will be valid to all parts of the country except for K-Electric consumers.
Due to the tariff cut, the general public will get relief to the tune of Rs 15 billion. The adjustment will be made in the next month’s power consumption bill.
It is the norm for power companies to charge the tariff in advance for the next month for ensuring smooth operations. The refund, if any, is then made next month under the fuel adjustment formula.
As mentioned before, K Electric consumers, along with residential and agriculture consumers who use less than 300 units will not get any refund.
CPPA-G told that about 8,740.90 GWh in power was generated in March, with 8468.84 GWh delivered to distribution companies. Around 2.97% of the total production – Rs 0.22 per unit – were lost in transmission and distribution losses.
Here is how different sectors contributed to the overall power production;
- Contribution from hydropower source dropped to 9.98% due to the decreased water level in dams.
- Natural gas-based plants generated 21.28% of total electricity at a cost of Rs 10.83 per unit.
- 14.46% of total generation came from coal-powered plants at a cost of Rs 6.88 per unit.
- Wind-powered plants contributed 1.71% while solar plants generated 0.81% of the total electricity.
- Imported LNG was used to generate 24.32% of total electricity at a cost of Rs 8.85 per unit.
- 16.14% of total generation was contributed by furnace oil-based power plants. The cost through this source stood at Rs 10.83 per unit.
Pakistan imported 0.48% of total electricity from Iran as well at Rs 11.05 per unit.