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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) on Saturday approved the proposal for hike in power tariff in the State by 30 paise per unit.

As per an official statement, the tariff revision amounts to 5.60 % rise in the overall retail supply tariff. Now consumers will now have to pay Rs 3 per unit instead of Rs 2.70 per unit. Similarly, the revised rate for consumption of electricity between 50 to 200 units will now cost a consumer Rs 4. 80. Earlier, the consumers were paying Rs 4. 50 per unit between this range.

As per the revised power tariff, consumers will have to pay Rs 5.80 for 200 to 400 units and Rs 6.20 for over 400 units.

The electricity tariff for the State is determined annually by Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) for generation, transmission, supply and distribution utilities taking into account their commercial viability and operational efficiency.

The revised power tariff will be applicable from April 4, 2021.

Here are the key points:

-The tariff of BPL, and Irrigation consumers have remained unchanged.

-No change in Monthly Minimum Fixed Charge (MMEC), Demand Charge and Meter Rent.

-There is a minimal rise of 30 paise per kWh/kVAh in energy charge for all other category of consumers. This amounts only to 5.60% rise in overall retail supply tariff.

-kVAh billing introduced for all HT and EHT consumers.

-Power factor penalty / incentive and reliability surcharge abolished.

-2% rebate over and above normal rebate shall be allowed on the bill to the LT domestic and single phase general purpose category of consumers only who pay through digital means. This rebate shall be applicable on the current month bill if paid in full.

-2% rebate shall he allowed to all pre-paid consumers on pre-paid amount.

-Charging of electric vehicles shall be treated as GP category.

-The rural LT domestic consumers shall get 5 paise per unit rebate in addition to existing prompt payment rebate who draw their power through correct meter and pay the bill on time.

-There is a rise of 3 paise per unit in transmission tariff raising it to 28 paise per unit from 25 paise per unit.

-The average tariff of OPHC has been reduced by 2.3% i.e. from 91.39 paise per unit to 89.28 paise per unit.

- The average annual BSP is revised to 296.29 paise per unit for FY 2021-22 as against 287.70 paise per unit in FY 2020-21.

As per official sources, GRIDCO will purchase 28791.96 MU power during FY 2021-22 and sale 27870 MU to DISCOMs and emergency power supply of 60 MU to CGP.

The average power purchase cost will he 278.06 paise per unit for FY 2021-22.

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