ISLAMABAD - The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Wednesday allowed the Ex-Wapda power distribution companies (Discos) to increase the power tariff by Rs 0.36 per unit on account of fuel adjustment for the month of July 2018.

The decision was taken in public hearing conducted by Nepra on the petition filed by the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA). In its petition the CPPA had sought an increase ad sought 63 paisa per unit increase in tariffs for the  Discos, however the regulator allowed only Rs 0.36 per unit.

The increase of Rs0.36 per unit will put the burden of Rs 4.5 billion to power consumers. The increase will not apply on lifeline and K electric consumers.

This is third consecutive increase in electricity rates during the last three months. The power regulator had increased power tariff by Rs1.25 per unit for May 2018, Rs0.50 per unit for month of June and Rs0.36 for the month of July.

For the month of July, the CPPA had claimed previous adjustment of supplemental charges amounting to Rs 2.25 billion (which translates into Rs 0.16 per unit) which was rejected by the power regulator and allowed an increase of Rs 0.36 per unit. The CPPA said that reference fuel cost stood at Rs 4.9811 against actual cost of Rs5.6072 registering an increase of Rs 0.6261 per unit.

In its data submitted the CPPA has informed that in July 13750.83 GWh electricity was generated with the cost of Rs73.098.27 billion or Rs5.3159 per unit.

The net electricity delivered to Discos was 13397.17GWh with the total cost of Rs75.120 billion or Rs 5.6072 per unit. The total generation from hydel sources was 3,891.5 GWh accounting for 28.30 per cent of total generation. The cost of electricity generated by using indigenous gas was Rs5.0246 per unit and its total share in electricity generation was 2,045 GWh accounting for 14.87 per cent of total generation. Out of total delivered electricity, distribution losses stood at 2.5 per cent or Rs 0.1442 per unit.

RLNG contributed 3370.24 GWh or 24.5 percent electricity at Rs9.72 per unit. The electricity generated from RLNG was 3,370.24 GWh making it 24.51 per cent of total generation at a cost of Rs 9.7210 per unit. The coal-fired power generation was 1,736.77 GWh or 12.63 per cent of total generation at a cost of Rs 6.0323 per unit.

The electricity generation on most expensive fuel of high speed diesel had again started in month of July and the CPPA purchased 10.74 GWh or 0.08 percent electricity based on High Speed Diesel (HSD) at a cost of Rs 12.8538 per unit.  The CPPA purchased 1,283.76 GWh or 9.34 percent electricity produced on Residual Fuel Oil (RFO) of total generation at a cost of Rs 13.5532 per unit.

Nuclear power plants generated 735.65 GWh of electricity at a rate of Rs 0.9523 per unit, cheapest amongst all fuels. The electricity imported from Iran was 28.3989 GWh at a price of Rs 11.57 per unit.

The 99.86 GWh was generated through bagasse at a cost of Rs 6.1832 per unit and 428.92 GWh and 61.52 GWh was purchased from wind and solar, respectively.