The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved an increase of Rs. 0.55 per unit in power tariff, on account of the fuel cost adjustment for April 2019.
The decision was made in a public hearing of a petition put forth by the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) on behalf of the distribution companies (DISCOs).
The decision will have an impact of around Rs. 5.2 billion on consumers. However, the tariff adjustment will not be applicable to lifeline consumers, who use up to 50 units a month, and to K-Electric consumers.
CPPA’s petition asks for an increase of Rs. 0.5696 per unit in the electricity tariff because of the hike in fuel prices. It maintained that a reference tariff of Rs. 5.2359 per unit was charged to the consumers in April while the actual tariff was much higher, i.e., Rs. 5.8055 per unit. Therefore, it should be allowed to increase the tariff by Rs.0.5696 per unit.
The petition pointed out that the total energy generation in April was recorded at 9,717.38 gigawatt-hours (GWh) at a cost of Rs. 53.63 billion, which is Rs. 5.5190 per unit. The net electricity delivered to the distribution companies was 9,511.79 GWh at the price of Rs. 55.22 billion while the transmission losses accounted for Rs. 0.1080 per unit.
Electricity Production Stats
Data provided to NEPRA shows that the share of hydroelectric power generation stood at 22.94 percent at 2,229.41 GWh in April. During the month, 4.95 percent or 481.05GWh electricity was generated from furnace oil, at a cost of Rs. 12.34 per unit.
No electricity was generated from high-speed diesel in the said month while the power generated from re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) was recorded as 2,995.81 GWh, i.e., 30.83 percent of the total generation. The calculated cost of RLNG-based electricity was Rs. 9.4 per unit.
The local gas-based plants contributed 1,789 GWh or 18.42 percent to the power generation at a cost of Rs. 6.06 per unit. Coal-based energy production was 1,005.04 GWh or 10.34 percent in April while the cost was Rs. 6.78 per unit. Nuclear power plants’ share was recorded as 745.20 GWh or 7.67 percent in April while the cost stood at Rs. 1.013 per unit.
Bagasse-based electricity contributed 66.43 GWh to the overall electricity generation at a price of Rs. 6.11 per unit. Energy imported from Iran in the said month was 42.43 GWh or 0.44 percent of the total, at a cost of Rs. 11.5709 per unit.
Energy production from wind contributed to 267.44 GWh and its share was 2.75 percent while the share of solar energy in the generation mix was 66.50 GWh or 0.68 percent at no cost.