Despite cheap oil prices K-Electric asks for tariff increase

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has prevented K-Electric from charging millions of rupees from power consumers as it found while reviewing its tariff petition that the company has sought an increase of 14.3 paisa per unit on account of fuel price adjustment for May 2016 despite a fall in furnace oil prices.The disclosure came during a public hearing of the petition on Thursday.

Nepra Chairman Tariq Sadozai told the audience that K-Electric was supposed to seek a reduction of 8 paisa per unit in its tariff in the wake of decline in furnace oil prices as reflected in estimates of the regulator.

However, the company filed the petition for an increase of 14 paisa per unit in the tariff. K-Electric’s team admitted the mistake, but insisted that the impact of tariff reduction would be 2 paisa per unit instead of 8 paisa as suggested by Nepra.

In the petition, K-Electric pointed out that it had faced a fuel cost variation of Rs238.77 million in electricity production from external and internal resources. A cost variation of Rs584.14 million came on account of power generation from internal resources whereas the fuel cost fell Rs345.36 million in case of external resources.

This caused an increase of 14.3 paisa per unit in the cost of electricity production for May 2016, it said. During the month, K-Electric supplied 1,669.28 million units of electricity to the consumers.

However, the regulator dismissed the argument and observed that K-Electric was attempting to collect inflated bills from the consumers instead of providing relief through a tariff reduction.

“Final decision will be taken after a Nepra team finalises the estimates,” the regulator said.

Talking to The Express Tribune, a spokesman for K-Electric explained that they had told Nepra that the demand for increase in tariff was based on electricity supply by the National Transmission and Distribution Company at old tariff rates. However, if revised rates are applied, the tariff would go down by 2 paisa per unit.


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