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ISLAMABAD: The Central Power Purchasing Agency -Guaranteed (CPPA-G) has sought an increase of Rs 1.81 per unit in tariffs of Discos for December 2020 under monthly fuel price adjustment mechanism.

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) will hold a public hearing on January 27, 2021 to consider generation data of December 2020 to determine increase in tariff.

According to the data submitted to Nepra, in December hydel generation recorded at 1,789 GWh which constituted 22.7 per cent of total generation in the entire month. Power generation from coal-fired power plants was 2,297 GWh (29.15 per cent of total generation) at the rate of Rs 6.3412 per unit, and RFO- 293.92 GWh (3.73 per cent of total generation) at a tariff of Rs 12.2799 per unit.

Electricity generation from gas-based power plants was 1,239. 59 GWh (15.73 per cent of total generation) at a cost of Rs 7.5850 per unit, RLNG- 1,094 GWh (13.88 per cent of total generation) at Rs 7.5862 per unit, nuclear- 741.5 GWh at Rs 1.0152 per unit and electricity imported from Iran 33.23 GWh at Rs 9.8088 per unit. The price of mixed generation i.e. from different sources was 20.01 GWh at a rate of Rs 4.9906 per unit whereas electricity produced from baggasse was 102.17 GWh at Rs 5.9822 per unit.

The energy generated from wind recorded at 219.72 GWh, 2.79 per cent of total generation and solar at 49 GWh, just 0.63 per cent of total generation in December.

The total energy generated recorded at 7,879.86 GWh in December at a basket price of Rs 4.78 per unit. The total cost of energy was Rs 37.666 billion.

The CPPA-G has also sought previous adjustment of Rs 10.478 billion which constitutes Rs 1.397 per unit. The sale to IPPs was reduced by 59.34 GWh, the price of which was Rs 728 million (Rs 0.0468 per unit) while cost of reduced transmission losses was Rs 256.63 million or Rs 0.2057 per unit.

The CPPA-G revealed net electricity delivered to Discos in December 2020 was 7,563.88/GWh at a rate of Rs 6.2687 per unit, total price of which was Rs 47.416 billion.

The CPPA-G maintained that since the reference fuel charges for December 2020 were estimated at Rs 4.4602 per unit whereas the actual fuel charges were Rs 6.2687 per unit, hence an increase of Rs 1.81 per unit has been sought under monthly fuel price adjustment mechanism.

During the hearing, Nepra officials will challenge a part of Rs 10.478 billion as previous adjustments as CPPA-G has not provided required documentary evidence to substantiate the claims.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021