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ISLAMABAD: Central Power Purchasing Agency-Guaranteed (CPPA-G) has sought a reduction of Rs 0.61 per unit in tariffs of Discos for March 2021 under monthly fuel price adjustment mechanism.

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) will hold a public hearing on April 28, 2021 to consider generation data of March 2021 to determine increase in tariff.

According to the data submitted to Nepra, in March hydel generation recorded at 1,740.58 GWh which constituted 19.42 percent of total generation in the entire month. Power generation from coal-fired power plants was 2,734.39 GWh (30.50 percent of total generation) at rate of Rs 76.2575 per unit, no generation from HSD, RFO- 235.12 GWh (2.62 percent of total generation) at a tariff of Rs 11.9166 per unit.

Electricity generation from gas-based power plants was 1,036.22 GWh (11.56 percent of total generation) at a cost of Rs 7.6498 per unit, RLNG - 1,892.77 GWh (21.11 percent of total generation) at Rs 9.0667 per unit, nuclear - 840.16 GWh (21.11 percent of total generation) at Rs 1.0261 per unit and electricity imported from Iran 38.70 GWh at Rs 9.3696 per unit.

The price of mixed generation i.e. from different sources 20.88 GWh was Rs 5.1788 per unit, generation from baggasse recorded at 98.08 GWh at Rs 5.9822 per unit.

The energy generated from wind was recorded at 169. 52 GWh, 1.89 percent of total generation and solar at 66.37 GWh, just 0.74 percent of total generation in March 2021.

The total energy generated recorded at 8,964.90 GWh, at a basket price of Rs 5.5455 per unit. The total cost of energy was Rs 49.715 billion.

CPPA-G has also sought reduction of Rs 349 million in previous adjustment. The sale to IPPs was reduced by 39.85 GWh, the price of which was Rs 999 million while cost of reduced transmission losses was Rs 310.40 million of Rs 0.1953 per unit.

The CPPA-G revealed that net electricity delivered to Discos in August was 8,614.55 GWh at a rate of Rs 5.6146 per unit in March 2021, total price of which was Rs 59.482 billion.

CPPA-G maintained that since the reference fuel charges for August 2020 were estimated at Rs 3.2045 per unit whereas the actual fuel charges were Rs 4.1891 per unit, hence an increase of Rs 0.9846 per unit has been sought under monthly fuel price adjustment mechanism.

On the basis of data, CPPA-G has sought a decrease of Paisa 61 per unit over the reference fuel charges i.e. Rs 6.2295 per unit.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

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