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Electricity Likely To Cost Rs2.48 Per Unit

Electricity consumers may soon face a tariff increase of up to Rs2.48 per unit as power distribution companies have requested permission from the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to collect an additional Rs3.488 per unit from consumers under the fuel charges adjustment (FCA) for April 2024.

The petition was filed by the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) on behalf of XWDiscos, and NEPRA has scheduled a public hearing on May 30, 2024, to address the matter. According to data submitted to NEPRA, 8,639 GWh of electricity was generated in April 2024 at a cost of Rs79.55 billion, or Rs9.208 per unit.

Out of this, 8,375 GWh, costing Rs75.205 billion, was delivered to distribution companies, with transmission losses recorded at 2.73 percent. However, the petitioner has also decided to make a backward adjustment of Rs3.06 billion (repay to the consumer), after which the total amount goes down to Rs75.2 billion (or 8.98 per unit). Power generation figures reveal a 2.2 percent increase to 881 gigawatt-hours (GWh) from local coal, while the generation from imported coal was 21 GWh compared to zero generation in the previous month.

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