Pakistan: Electricity Tariff Likely to Go Up by Rs5.32 per unit

Tue Jan 16 2024
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ISLAMABAD: The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) has filed a plea to increase the power tariff by Rs5.32 per unit due to fuel adjustments for December 2023.

The move is likely to add financial strain to already beleaguered power consumers. An application to this effect has been submitted to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), triggering concerns of an additional financial burden on consumers already grappling with rising utility costs.

Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), on the request of DISCOs, has sought NEPRA’s approval for increase in electricity tariff under FCA of November 2023. The power regulatory authority will hear the plea on Jan 31.

The CPPA said, in September, 12.92 billion electric units were produced at the cost of Rs7.61/ unit, while the reference cost for September was fixed at Rs7.7 per unit.

In its application, the CPPA reported that 7.41 billion electric units were generated in December.

Hydropower generation contributed 24.03% of the total electricity produced. Meanwhile, 16.95 percent of electricity was from local coal and 4.97 percent from imported coal.

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10.69% of the total power was produced from local gas while 16.41 percent of power generation in Pakistan was made through imported RLNG.

Earlier on Jan 4, NEPRA raised the electricity tariff by Rs 4.12 per unit for its consumers under the account fuel adjustment charges for the month of November 2023.

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