The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) hinted at increasing electricity rates by Rs4.34 per unit for the consumers of all distribution companies (DISCOs) except for K-Electric even with the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench barring the authorities concerned a day earlier from collecting the fuel price adjustment (FPA) charges.
In another application, NEPRA has also indicated to reduce power tariff by Rs4.10 per unit on account of FPA for the consumers of the K-Electric.
The power regulator held a public hearing at its headquarters on FPA for the month of July 2022 for distribution companies, NEPRA said in a statement.
The public hearing was presided over by NEPRA Chairman Tauseef Farooqui. Other members including engineers Rafiq Ahmad Shaikh and Maqsood Anwar Khan were also present on the occasion.
The Central Power Purchasing Agency, Guarantee Limited (CPPA-G), on behalf of power distribution companies (DISCOs), had submitted a request for an increase of Rs4.69 per unit under FPA for the month of July.
According to a preliminary check of data, the increase comes to Rs4.34 per unit, NEPRA observed during the public hearing.
Earlier, customers were charged Rs9.90 per unit on account of FPA for the month of June.
NEPRA added that it was applicable only for one month.
Consumers will be charged Rs5.55 per unit less on account of FPA for July in comparison with June, NEPRA said, adding that it would also be applicable for one month only.
This would be applicable to the customers of all DISCOs except lifeline customers, NEPRA added.
The authority will issue its detailed decision after further scrutiny of the data.
The electricity production cost stood at higher level during the month of July.