The Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has cleared a proposal to raise the power tariff by 20 paise per unit of electricity consumed in the state from 1 October.
The hiked power tariff however, will not be applicable for the farmers using electricity for agricultural activities and people below the poverty line, the OERC said.
The Commission has said that there will also be no change in meter rent and monthly minimum fixed charge and demand charge.
OERC has justified the hike saying that it had allowed a gap of Rs 660.15 crore in the aggregate revenue requirement to provide relief to the customers considering the prevailing COVID-19 Pandemic situation.
OERC’s approval to hike the power tariff came in response to an application by the state’s lone bulk electricity supplier GRIDCO (Grid Corporation of Odisha) on 21 August to reconsider the gap.
The Commission heard the matter and passed an order on 23 September to bring it (gap) down to Rs 341.15 crore.
“The consequential rise in retail supply tariff and open access charges for distribution licensees and utilities will be effective in the state from October 2020,” OERC said.
While approving the average cost of supply as 524.62 paise for the FY 2020-21, OERC has fixed 270 paise/unit up to 50 units, 450 paise/unit for the consumption above 50 units and up to 200 units, 550 paise/unit for the consumption above 200 units and up to 400 units and 590 paise/unit for the consumption above 400 units for the domestic category.
OERC pointed out that 2 per cent rebate over and above normal rebate will be allowed on the bill to the low transmission domestic and single phase general purpose category of consumers only over and above all the rebates who pay through digital mode.