ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Wednesday approved an increase of Rs. 0.41 per unit in the electricity tariff, ARY News reported.
The decision was taken by NEPRA in a public hearing on the petition filed by the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) and will have a cumulative burden of around Rs 3.8 billion on the consumers.
The electric power regulator has announced the hike in tariff on account of the fuel adjustment charges for the month of October.
In its comments Nepra chairman said that in October the use of furnace oil was increased causing hike in per unit power generation cost. In case LNG or coal would have been used instead of furnace oil the consumers would have got some relief and the electricity rates could have go down by Rs 0.59 per unit, he said.
The operation of the power plants on cheaper fuels could have provided relief to the consumers, Chairman Nepra said.
The CPPA informed the regulator that the plants were not operated on LNG due to lesser availability of the fuel.
The non-availability of the LNG was not a proper justification, the Chairman Nepra said in the hearing and ordered the CPPA to submit written statement over the matter.