The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Friday increased power tariff by Rs1.3771 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) on account of fuel cost adjustment (FCA) for July 2021.

The Central Power Purchasing Agency-Guarantee (CPPA-G) had requested a positive FCA of Rs1.4685/kWh, having impact of Rs22.3 billion.

Nepra conducted a public hearing on September 1, 2021. The authority approved a positive FCA of Rs1.3771/kWh.

The FCA for July 2021 will be charged in the billing month of September 2021, which will be paid by all consumer categories of XW-distribution companies, except for lifeline consumers.

As per the data submitted by the CPPA-G, the total energy generated during July was calculated at 15,679.72 GWh at a basket price of Rs6.4653 per unit. The total cost of electricity was Rs101.375 billion.

According to the CPPA-G data, the net electricity delivered to the distribution companies was 15,219.27 GWh at a total price of Rs102.707 billion with per-unit rate of Rs6.7485.

The CPPA-G also sought previous adjustment/supplemental charges of Rs1.753 billion against the negative use of 7.48 GWh of electricity.

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The CPPA-G, in its tariff petition, said that since the reference fuel charges for July 2021 were estimated at Rs5.2798 per unit whereas the actual fuel charges were Rs6.7485 per unit, hence it was pleaded to allow an increase of Rs1.4687 per unit.

According to the data submitted to Nepra, in July 2021, hydel generation was recorded at 4,694.67 GWh or 29.94% of the total generation.

Coal-fired power plants contributed 2,383.33 GWh or 15.20% of the total generation at a rate of Rs8.4101 per unit and HSD contributed 123.5 GWh, or 0.79%, at Rs19.3422 per unit. RFO-based generation stood at 1,612.34 GWh, or 10.28%, at Rs17.0783 per unit.

Electricity generation from gas-based power plants came in at 1,361.17 GWh, or 10.28%, at Rs8.1720 per unit whereas RLNG contributed 3,137.68 GWh, or 20.10%, at Rs12.0604 per unit.

Nuclear power plants contributed 1,659 GWh, or 10.59%, at Re1 per unit and electricity imports from Iran stood at 40.09 GWh at Rs11.6663 per unit.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 11th, 2021.

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