Thursday September 02, 2021

NEPRA Raises Questions Over KE Price Hike Request

KARACHI: Karachitis may have to bear an additional burden of Rs1.26 per unit hike in power price on account of fuel charges adjustment (FCA) for the month of July 2021 and quarterly adjustment for the quarter ending June 2021 under Multi Year Tariff (MYT) 2017-23.

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Thursday completed its necessary hearing process regarding monthly Fuel Charges Adjustment (FCA) for July 2021 and quarterly adjustment for the quarter ending June 2021 under Multi-Year Tariff (MYT) 2017-2023which was sought by K-Electric. And, NEPRA has completed its hearing process in these regards and reserved its decision in these regards which will be announced very soon.

Under a mechanism of monthly FCA of July 2021, K-Electric filed a request with NEPRA and asked to approve 55paisa per unit hike in electricity price while K-Electric filed a separate request for quarterly adjustment for the quarter April-June 2021 in tariff on account of variation in power purchase price (PPP), impact of Transmission and Despatch (T&D) losses on fuel charges variation and annual adjustment on account of write-offs, adjustment for T&D losses, CPI-C etc. as per the mechanism provided in the MYT determination and sought 71paisa/unit increase under quarterly adjustment for the period starting from April to end in June 2021. Also, K-Electric has requested a gross write off of Rs 15,900 million for FY 2021.

NEPRA officials, during the hearing, said that K-Electric has violated the merit order in July 2021 which caused approximately Rs 99 crore and 98 lakh worth heavy burden.

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