NEPRA: Hearing on fuel charges adjustment – May 11

Posted on June 22, 2011. Filed under: DISCOs, Pakistan, Tariff, Wapda / KESC |

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NEPRA: Notice of hearing

Posted on June 17, 2011. Filed under: DISCOs, Tariff |

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Court suspends hike in power tariff

Posted on June 17, 2011. Filed under: DISCOs, Finance, Wapda / KESC |

PESHAWAR, June 16: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday suspended a recent SRO issued by the federal government for increasing power tariff for the consumers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the tune of Rs1.0062/KWH.

A two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel put on notice the respondents including the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco), secretary ministry of water and power and others.

The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by the Human Rights Commission South Asia through its correspondent for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Advocate Abdus Samad Marwat, challenging the recent increase in power tariff on May 17, 2011, by the ministry of water and power on the approval of Nepra.

Following preliminary hearing, the bench decided to suspend operation on the said SRO and also directed the respondents to explain how the fuel adjustment surcharge could be levied on Pesco con sumers as the province was producing electricity through hydel sources?

The petitioner claimed that through the impugned SRO the government issued a new tariff increase for Pesco consumers, which would be adjusted for the month of March 2011 in the current monthly bills of 1.7 million consumers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The petitioner has requested the court to hold that all the tariff determination by Nepra till date were illegal, unlawful, without jurisdiction and thus of no legal effect upon the rights of the Pesco consumers.

Mr Marwat argued before the bench that tariff determination for distribution of electricity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was within powers and authority of the provincial government and Nepra had no jurisdiction in this regard.

He stated that earlier a writ petition was filed by the provincial government on the same issue but it was later withdrawn against the wishes of the consumers. He requested the court to summon all the record submitted in that case.

He bench observed that in future if the need arose, the court would summon that record.

Mr Marwat argued that more than 5,000MW hydel power was generated in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its approximate consumption was 1,700MW. He added that keeping in view the ground realities, it was incumbent upon Nepra to supply 1,700MW and as such no loadshedding would result.

The petitioner stated that it was extremely brutal to impose upon the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa further increase in tariff when the province was providing hydel electricity at the rate of Rs1.01 per unit to Central Power Purchase Agency (CPPA) and buying the same at an average cost of almost Rs10 per unit from Pesco.

Mr Marwat contended that there was no Wapda thermal generation unit or IPP in the province and only the hydel generation electricity was supplied by Pesco and imposition of fuel adjustment charges on the people of this province was unjust and unconstitutional.


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Power theft reporting – PEPCO…

Posted on June 16, 2011. Filed under: DISCOs, Energy crisis, PEPCO, Wapda / KESC |

Steeling of Power is crime against every Pakistani and who ever does it, is our enemy. Please help PEPCO in its effort to stop power theft by reporting at its toll free number 0800-84338. This is a free number for all calls including NTC, PTCL, Mobiles or wireless phones.

Intstructions for theft reporting:

Call the Toll free number 0800-84338

Listen the instructions carefully

After pressing 1, Record your message about event of theft

Please give maximum detail of location

After completing the message disconnect the call


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