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NEPRA restricts NTDC losses to 2.5pc

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has decided to restrict the transmission losses of the National Transmission and Dispatch Centre (NTDC) to 2.5 percent to be passed on to the consumers.

According to NEPRA’s order, the NTDC claimed losses of over 2.5 percent were not consistent with the authority’s determination, hence, it could not be passed on to the consumers.

Meanwhile, NEPRA has approved an increase of Rs1.6726 per unit in electricity price against the fuel charges variation for the month of September 2011. The adjustment of Rs1.6726 per unit will be applicable to all the consumer categories except lifeline consumers of all ex-Wapda Discos. This adjustment will be shown separately in the consumers’ bills on the basis of units billed to the consumers in September 2011 and would be recovered in the billing month of May.

The assessed fuel charges adjustment of Rs1.6726 per unit for September 2011 is lower by Rs1.3603 per unit than the adjustment of Rs3.0329 per unit for August 2011, therefore, effectively, there will be a decrease of Rs1.3603 per unit in the bills of September on account of fuel charges adjustment against August 2011. Notwithstanding the fact that the monthly adjustment on account of fuel charges variation is made in pursuance of the Provisions Act, yet the impact of such adjustment, if any, is passed on to the electricity consumers. In order to meet the ends of natural justice, the authority has decided to provide an opportunity of hearing all concerned, while reviewing and revising the approved tariff on account of the variation in the fuel charges.

On the date fixed for hearing, representatives from Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), Wapda Private Power Organization (WPPO), National Power Control Cell (NPCC), Ministry of Water and Power were present, however, no representative from the Ministry of Finance attended the meeting.

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