Cash-strapped Discoms seek nod for tariff hike in State

 thehindu.com  12/04/2019 19:30:04 

The Southern and Eastern Power Distribution Companies of Andhra Pradesh (Discoms) have submitted a combined Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) of approximately 44,840 crore (SPDCL- 28,548 crore and EPDCL- 16,292 crore) for FY 2020-21 to the A.P. Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) on Wednesday.

Both the Discoms have not proposed an increase in tariffs for domestic consumers up to 500 units, above which there is a minor increase of 90 paise per unit.

The EPDCL has pegged the total revenue and revenue deficit, both at current tariffs, at 12,152 crore and 4,140 crore respectively. The revenue impact due to proposed tariffs is 514 crore, which brings down it (EPDCL)s revenue deficit to 3,625 crore.

EPDCL proposed a 4.14% increase in tariffs in energy charges which will be applicable to 68,000 (LT-II and HT-II function halls, HT-II commercial, LT-IV institutional local bodies and religious places and HT-IV Comprehensive Protected Water Supply (CPWS) & Protected Water Supply (PWS) schemes and railway traction, LT-V corporate farmers and hatcheries and feed mixing plants and HT-V feed mixing plants and lift irrigation schemes) out of total 60.75 lakh consumers.

There will be no increase for 60.07 lakh consumers in the LT-I to LT-V, HT-III (industries), HT-IV (aquaculture) and LT and HT-IV C (religious places) categories.

The SPDCLs projected total revenue at current tariffs, including non-tariff income and cross subsidy surcharge, stands at 18,248 crore and the revenue deficit at 10,302 crore.

The projected total revenue at proposed tariffs, including non-tariff income and cross subsidy surcharge, is 19,106 crore.

The revenue deficit at proposed tariffs is estimated to be 9,442 crore.

The SPDCL has mooted an increase of 0.70 per unit for townships and colonies (gated communities, villas and bungalows). SPDCL has further imposed the condition that if the monthly consumption of energy-intensive industries falls below 85% load utilisation factor during any billing month, the consumer will be billed in the HT-III-A industry general category.

New category

The energy charges for the CPWS and PWS schemes in SPDCL is proposed to be increased from 4.85 to 7 per unit.

SPDCL proposed a new category with government offices, government educational institutions and government hospitals and charitable institutions with uniform energy charges of 7 per unit and fixed charges of 30 per month against the existing tariffs of 7.65, 6.95 and 6.70 per unit for 11KV, 33KV and 132KV consumers and fixed charges of 475 per month.

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