2015-16 period: Nepra set to make surcharges, subsidies part of Discos’ tariffs

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) is set to make three surcharges amounting to Rs 2.07 per unit as well as subsidies part of Discos’ tariffs of 2015-16 as per the federal government’s proposal to shift tariff increase responsibility on the regulator.

On March 7, 2018, Power Division’s Section Officer, Syed Mateen Ahmed, sent a letter to the Registrar Nepra titled “intimation of subsidy/surcharges for inclusion in schedule of tariff for Discos;” Nepra issued a notice of public hearing for March 13. According to official documents, Nepra’s determined tariff is Rs 11.84 per unit whereas current tariff without surcharge is Rs 12.25 per unit which implies that the government is already overcharging consumers by 41 paisa per unit.

Published in Business Recorder, 10th March, 2018