ISLAMABAD - National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has Wednesday rejected a request of the Distribution Companies (XWDiscos) for the transfer of Rs28 billion to power consumers on account of quarterly adjustments and asked the petitioner to re submit the data.

In a public hearing on the Discos petitions on Quarterly Power Purchase Price Adjustment for the first quarter (July to September) of 2021-22, NEPRA has shown dissatisfaction over the data submitted by Discos. Chairman NEPRA Tauseef. H. Farooqi, who was presiding over the hearing, said that the calculation is not clear.

NEPRA raised question on the charging of capacity charges on the units consumed under Industrial Support Package. Vice Chairman NEPRA Rafiq Shaikh said that the determined tariff of Industrial Support Package was Rs 12.96/unit then why Discos have demanded capacity charges?

NEPRA was conducting hearing on quarterly adjustments demanded by XWDiscos on account of capacity charges, transmission charges & MOF, variable operation & maintenance charges and impact of T&D losses on fuel charges adjustments for the first quarter of FY2021-22. XWDiscos had requested NEPRA to allow transfer of the burden of Rs 28b to the power consumers on the account of the quarterly adjustments.

Pursuant to the notified tariff the XWDISCOs have filed their requests for adjustments on account of capacity charges, transmission charges & market operator fee, impact of T&D losses on FCA and variable operation & maintenance charges for the first quarter of FY 2021-22 i.e. July to September 2021, in line with the notified mechanism in this regard. NEPRA has rejected the data submitted by the distribution companies. Chairman NEPRA has asked the XWDiscos to submit fresh data in one week. The regulator will hold fresh hearing on the data.