The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) permitted the power distribution companies, except for K-Electric, to charge customers an extra Rs0.8954 per unit on account of monthly fuel charges adjustment (FCA) for January 2021.
The power supply companies would collect the amount from consumers in March 2021 bills. The hike was allowed as the consumers were charged less in January against the cost of power generation. After the increase, the supply companies will receive an additional Rs6.9 billion from the consumers.
The Central Power Purchasing Agency-Guarantee (CPPA-G), and supply companies, had sought permission to charge Rs0.9270 per unit, which would have had an impact of Rs7.1 billion. The regulator held a public hearing on February 25 to take the decision.
On Tuesday, Nepra notified its final decision and permitted distribution companies to collect Rs0.8954 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) from all consumer categories, except for lifeline consumers (consuming up to 50 units per month).