NEPRA Planning to Increase Charges for Solar Powered Houses by Over 50%

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is considering to cut the buying rate of electricity per unit through solar-installed consumers from Rs. 19.32 per unit to Rs 9 per unit.

NEPRA has announced setting new tariff for the net-metering consumers who have installed solar-powered systems in their houses. This new tariff might not affect their bills, the decision in this regard is yet to be finalized.

This was highlighted by chairman NEPRA Engr. Tauseef H. Farooqi while presiding over the public hearing on the amendment to Net Metering Regulation 2015.

Chairman NEPRA remarked that in case the regulatory authority brings any amendment to net metering regulations, it would set a new tariff for the solar-installed consumers. At the moment, the solar net-metering tariff stands at Rs. 19.32 per unit. However, the proposal is to reduce this tariff to Rs. 9 per unit. The proposed tariff will not cause any loss to the net-metered consumers, he said.

Chairman NEPRA stated that the decision regarding amendment in the regulations is not taken yet. He also mentioned that out of total 3.6 million electricity consumers in Pakistan, the number of net-metered consumers currently stands at 20,700.  While highlighting the NEPRA’s jurisdiction, he said that the regulatory authority has the prerogative to issue unilateral decisions; however, in spite of that, NEPRA has held a public hearing to discuss the subject matter.

He stated that Pakistan was facing severe challenges in the power sector when solar net-metering tariff was given; however, the situation has changed now as Pakistan has an installed capacity of approximately 41,000 MW.

Chairman NEPRA also remarked that it’s totally up to solar-installed consumers to decide whether to give power to the grid or not. If consumers feel that they are suffering losses by providing power to national grid, they are free not to supply power to the grid. NEPRA’s sole effort is to provide relief to the consumers. He also highlighted that Pakistan is currently producing 5 percent of electricity through renewable sources including sun, wind, and bagasse. However, the government is looking to develop Pakistan’s electric system on modern lines.

During the hearing, the solar-installed consumers expressed reservations regarding proposals, with several consumers mentioning that NEPRA’s intent appears to be discouraging solar installation.

The public hearing was attended by a large number of citizens including power sector stakeholders, business organizations representatives, and journalists. NEPRA members including Engr. Rafiq Ahmed Sheikh and Engr. Maqsood Anwar Khan were also present in the hearing.

  • Very pethetic mentality – in the end its all about power, those who have power can change any law, us citizens are purely for suffering only.
    During the meeting Chairman nepra again forgot he is paid by our tax money and he is not the supreme power. he was extreme arrogant and non polite, did not even let the public speak freely.
    Lastly – A sorry state for us all in every way

    • NEPRA & its Chairman are only protecting the interests of big time mafias ie IPPs. Increase in Electricity tarrif is dictated by IPPs & IMF. While IPPs get their pound of flesh irrespective they produce power or not but Solar Energy consumers are being crushed as they have no voice. Chairman was arrogant & acted as if he was Mr know all. Constant Load shedding viz a viz installed capacity speaks volumes about inefficiency of NEPRA.

  • ” نیپرا کی غلط پالیسی جو حکومت کے نوٹس میں لانا ضروری ھے ”

    نیپرا ایک نہایت ہی نقصان دہ ، غیر منطقی اور غیر دانشمندانہ اقدام اٹھانے کا ارادہ کر رھی ھے یعنی سولر انرجی کی مد میں لوگوں سے وصول شدہ بجلی کی قیمتوں میں ان کی ادائیگی میں کمی کرنے کا سوچ رھی ھے جس سے نہ صرف پاکستان کے لوگوں کو اس فیصلے کی وجہ سے مالی نقصان ھو گا بلکہ نتیجتا”حکومت کے مالیات کی وصولی میں بھی واضح کمی آنے کی توقع ھے جس کی کچھ تفصیل ھم آگے بیان کریں گے ۔
    اگر نیپرا کی یہ تجویز حکومت منظور کر لیتی ھے تو شمسی توانائی جو کہ ایک صاف ستھرا پلوشن فری توانائی کا ذریعہ ھے سے بجلی پیدا کرنے کے عمل اور پھر واپڈا کو سپلائی دینے میں لوگوں کی عدم دلچسپی پیدا ھوجائے گی اور متوسط و دیگر طبقے کے لوگ سولر سسٹم لگانے میں اتنی بڑی انویسٹمینٹ کرنے میں ہچکچاہٹ محسوس کریں گے اور سولر سسٹم کے استعمال میں کمی سے لازمی طور پر بجلی کی رسد یعنی سپلائی میں کمی ھو گی جس سے دیگر گھریلو صارفین کی مشکلات میں اضافہ ھو گا جبکہ دوسری طرف ملکی انڈسٹری کو بجلی کی سپلائی میں کمی سے ان کی پیداوار گھٹ جائے گی اور پاکستان کی ایکسپورٹس میں کمی ھو جائے گی اور اسطرح زر مبادلہ اور حکومت کے ریونیو میں کمی واقع ھو جائے گی ۔
    سولر انرجی کے استعمال کے لئے حکومت جتنی بھی عوام کو سہولیات دے اتنی ھی ھماری معیشت بہتر ھوگی اور لوگوں کی واپڈا کو بجلی ایکسپورٹ کرنے سے فاضل توانائی ھماری ملکی انڈسٹری میں استعمال ھوگی جس سے لوکل اور بین الاقوامی منڈی میں بروقت آرڈر کی فراہمی ھو گی اور ریونیو ملک میں آئے گا ملکی کرنسی کی قدر بڑھے گی اور یقینی طور پر مہنگائی کنٹرول ھو گی ۔
    حکومت کو چاھئے کہ مستقل اور عوام دوست پالیسیاں بنائے جس سے گھریلو صارفین اور ملکی انڈسٹری کے لئے سستی اور وافر توانائی کی فراہمی کو یقینی بنائے اور نیپرا کو کسی بھی غلط اور نقصان دہ قدم اٹھانے سے سختی سے منع کرے ۔ یہی ھمارے ملکی مفاد میں ھے تاکہ لوگ سولر انرجی کے استعمال کے بارے میں سوچنا ترک نہ کریں اور یہ گرین اور پولوشن فری توانائی جیسی نعمت سے ھم محروم نہ ھو جائیں ۔

  • NEPRA was greased by IPPS to approve strange tarrif like 12 cents per KWH to Solar IPPS which is Rs. 28 Per KWH today. So decision to Rs. 9 or 4 Cents to home owners is pathetic. NEPRA wants that households should bear the burnt of failed IPP policy

  • Why NEPRA measures electricity produced by solar powered houses in Pak Rupees when they don’t pay cash to home owners. Their units to measure electricity is in units. Units of electricity bought from homeowners should be returned in units only irrespective of the price of electricity.

  • Why NEPRA does not allow to customers if they produce more energy it could be adjusted in more than one account. If a customer have another account he could adjust his produced units in that account

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