Herald: New POWER tariff to SHOCK aam aadmi

New POWER tariff to SHOCK aam aadmi

30 May 2019 06:00am IST

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30 May 2019 06:00am IST

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Domestic consumers to be hit with 3.02 paise to 7.52 paise hike per unit; Commercial users will have to shell out 7.32 paise to 9.08 paise more per unit depending on usage

PANJIM: Amidst criticism from Opposition parties regarding yet another hike in the power tariff, Goa government has issued a notification to hike electricity tariff for the next three months due to levy of Fuel and Power Purchase Cost Adjustment (FPPCA) charges on domestic, industrial and agriculture consumers.

As per the new rates domestic users would be hit by an increase from 3 paise per unit to 7.5 paise per unit as per their consumption. Commercial users would have to bear a hike of 7.32 paise  to 9.08 paise  per unit.

The notification states that the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Goa and Union Territories reviewed the existing FPPCA and approved unit cost of power purchase for the financial year 2018-19 for different consumer categories for use in the FPPCA formula. 

“The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the State of Goa and Union Territories vide Order dated 28-03-2018 has reviewed the existing Fuel and Power Purchase Cost Adjustment Formula (FPPCA) for State of Goa and UTs. In the same Tariff Order, Commission has approved unit cost of power purchase and approved ‘K’ applicable for FY 2018-19 for different consumer categories for use in the FPPCA formula,” says the notification. 

Last year the government had faced severe criticism after it added FPPCA charges in the power bills twice. The government had claimed it was unavoidable as it is as per the regulations of the JERC.

While residents across Goa are yet to recover from the shock of enhanced bills due to the FPPCA charges, industries have complained that they were shocked to see a huge increase in their monthly bills recently, in some cases it being double or triple the earlier average bill amount.

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