Increase is not applicable on K-Electric users
National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has approved the increased kf per unit price of electricity by Rs2.5 for the month of September.
Last week, the Central Power Purchasing Power Agency (CPPA) had requested the regulatory authority to increase the per unit price by Rs2.65.
In September, 13 billion units of electricity were produced at a cost of Rs104 billion, the CPPA said.
According to the CPPA, per unit cost of non-hydel power generation for the month were:
Electricity was imported from Iran at a cost of Rs13.11/unit. The line losses are calculated at 20 paisas per unit.
When Nepra inquired on Wednesday about the reasons for the increase in production cost, the National Power Construction Power authorities said that during the month, electricity demand increased by 7%. Due to decrease in gas supply,the electricity was produced using furnace oil which resulted in increased cost, they added.
Following the hearing, the Nepra approved the increase of Rs2.5 per unit. This means power consumers will have to bear the burden of additional Rs38 billion.
The increase, however, will not be applicable on K-Electric users.