ISLAMABAD

Electricity consumers are likely to get a discount of Rs1.97 per unit for the month of November 2015 under monthly fuel price adjustment.

The Central Power Purchasing Agency has informed National Electric Power Regulatory Authority that due to lower fuel prices and efficient power mix, the cost of generating per unit electricity remained less than the reference price fixed by Nepra.

The decrease will be applicable to all distribution companies except, K-Electric, as it is a privately-run company.

According to Central Power Purchasing Agency data 6722.13 GWh electricity was generated after spending Rs. 27531.80 million during the month of November. The cost of generating one unit of electricity was summed at Rs. 4.0957. After line losses, the total electricity was 6540.30 Gwh, while the cost jumped to Rs. 34831.27.

The agency has put Rs. 7408.67 under the head of adjustments and supplement charges. The more details of these charges will be discussed in the public hearing scheduled to held on December 29.

After adding expenses, the pre unit of electricity jumped from Rs. 4.0957 to Rs. 5.32.

During the month, cheapest energy source hydel contributed 34.25 per cent, gas 32.55 per cent, nuclear 3.26 per cent, and furnace oil contributed Rs. 27.61 to energy mix.

Expensive source high speed diesel was used to generate only 0.42 percent. The per unit cost of generating electricity through HSD was Rs 12.48, through furnace oil it was Rs7.43, while Rs5.75 were spent to produce one unit of power through natural gas.

It is pertinent to mention that Secretary Ministry of water and Power Younis Dhaga, in a press briefing, said that his ministry was using only efficient plants to generate electricity and many of the plants were closed due to higher power generation costs. He said that due to the efficient power mix, consumers continue to get ‘cheaper’ electricity.