Pay more for less: Power consumers face summer heat with 9�ariff hike

Pay more for less: Power consumers face summer heat with 9�ariff hike

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-03-30 20:13 Bengaluru: This summer, along with bracing for power cuts, the power consumers in the state will be asked to pay more.The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has raised tariffs by 9�cross the board, pinching the pockets of the aam aadmi, commercial users as also the BPL consumers under Bhagya Jyothi and Kuteera Jyothi programmes.The Escoms had sought a uniform tariff increase of 102 paise per unit for all categories of consumers, KERC has allowed an average tariff increase of 48 paise per unit, ranging from 15 paise to 50 paise per unit for different categories of consumer,s including irrigation pump sets and families to Bhagya Jyothi and Kuteer Jyothi programmes.The commission has allowed a marginal increase in fixed cost in the range of Rs 5 per KW/ HP/KVA to Rs 10 per KW/ HP/KVA on all the LT and HT consumers. KERC’s rationale for hikeThe regulatory commission offered various reasons for the hike, listing a break-up. Of the average 48 paise per unit, 20 paise would go towards recovery of past assets of Rs 1105 cr. Eight paise would account for increase in power purchase cost due to additional coal cess levied by the Government of India.Five paise would go towards high cost of procuring power due to the breakdown of Sharavathy hydro power station. Fifteen paise would go to pay for the increase in power purchase due to addition of new sources of thermal power and increase in cost of operation of transmission and distribution utilities. The hike matrix for domestic consumersIn urban areas, for domestic consumers, the tariff for monthly consumption of up to 30 units is increased from Rs 2.70 per unit to Rs 3 per unit and for consumption between 31 to 100 units the new rate is Rs 4.40 per unit from Rs 4 now.For consumption between 100 to 200 untits, the tariff would be Rs 5.90 against Rs 5.40now, and for consumpion above 200 units a month, the tariff will go up to Rs 6.40 per unit against Rs 5.90 now.For domestic consumers in rural areas, the tariff for monthly consumption of up to 30 units is increased from Rs 2.60 per unit to Rs 2.90 per unit and for consumption between 31 and 100 units the tariff is increased from Rs 3.70 per unit to Rs 4.10 per unit. The tariff for monthly consumption of 100 to 200 units is increased from Rs 5.10 per unit to 5.60 per unit and for consumption above 200 units per month the tariff is increased from Rs 5.90 to 6.40 per unit.Industrial consumersThe tariff for LT industrial consumers across the state has been increased by 15 to 30 paise per unit.The revised rates for LT industrial units in BBMP and municipal corporation areas under Bescom will be Rs 5.10 per unit for the first 500 units and Rs 6.30 for consumption above 500 units.For HT industrial users served by Bescom, the increase in tariff is in the range of 35 paise per unit to 45 paise per unit. The new tariff will be Rs 6.25 per unit for the first one lakh units and Rs 6.75 beyond one lakh units.Shankaralinge Gowda, Chairman, KERC said: “At present the estimated amount of subsidy paid by the government towards free supply of electricity to 25 lakh irrigation pumpsets is Rs 7197 crore whereas we need Rs 8838 cr for 2016-17. We have also asked the government to conduct a survey about the number of pumpsets in the state under Bhagya Jyothi and Kuteera Jyothi to find if they are functional or non-functional. This survey has to be conducted within six months.”He said KPTCL has to find additional sources of power supply as Karnataka consumes 4000 mega watt. The KERC has also received 5000 mega watt proposals from solar projects, for which the state need to have proper transmission lines even on the corridors of different cities in the state.”Gowda cautioned BBMP that it would not give the Palike subsidy unless the the electric poles were fixed with LED bulbs or induction lamps.