ISLAMABAD   -  The Central Power Purchasing Agency Guarantee Limited (CPPA-G) has sought an increase of Rs3.1573/unit in electricity tariff on account of monthly fuel charges adjustment (FCA) for March 2022.

Following a massive increase of Rs 4.85/unit on account of monthly FCA for Feb-ruary, the CPPA has submitted another petition seeking another huge hike for March as well.

In a petition submitted to NEPRA, on the behalf of power distribution companies (XWDISOCs), the CPPA-G said that for the month of March the reference fuel charges from the consumers were Rs6.2295/unit while the actual fuel cost was Rs9.3869/unit. Therefore, it should be allowed to pass the increase of Rs3.1574/unit to the consumers. According the CPPA-G petition, transmission losses were also high in March and stood at 2.94 percent.

The CPPA-G further said the total energy generated during March increased to 10,418 GWh from 8,087 Gigawatt hours (GWh) in February. The total generation cost in March was Rs96.032 billion. The generation cost of per unit energy was Rs9.2176/unit. According to the CCPA-G data, net electricity delivered to DISCOs was 10,078.73 GWh at the cost of Rs94.608 billion or Rs9.3869/unit.

The hydel power generation contributed 1,703.91 GWh or 16.35 percent to the national grid in March. The share of coal in power generation was 2,586.62GWh or 24.83 percent. The cost of coal generation was Rs12.4116/unit in March.

The electricity generated from furnace oil during March increased to 1,106.19 GWh 10.65 percent from 526.73 GWh or 6.51pc in February. The cost of RFO based electricity was Rs22.5214/unit.

Electricity generation from gas-based power plants in March increased to 992.72 GWh from 918.40 GWh during the previous month. The cost of the gas-based electricity was Rs7.7872/unit. RLNG based generation had further increased to 1,965.68 GWh in March from 1,226.01 GWh in February. The cost of the RNLNG based electricity is Rs14.3677/unit.

The generation from nuclear power plants was 1,563.66 GWh in or 15.01 percent in March, at Rs1.0335/unit. Electricity imported from Iran was 42.75 GWh in March. The cost of Iranian electricity was Rs17.3565/unit.

The power generation from baggasse contributed 107.01 GWh in March at Rs5.9822/unit. The power generation from different sources (mixed) was 13.22 GWh at a price of Rs4.8339/unit, while generation from wind was recorded at 267.92 GWh or 2.57 percent and solar generation was 68.73 GWh. NEPRA will hold public hearing on CPPA-G petition on April 27, 2022.