BERC to announce new power tariff Today

The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) is set to announce on Today a proposal to raise the existing power tariff by 4 to 5 per cent at bulk and 16 to 18 per cent at retail level.

“We are trying to make it acceptable to all,” Sayed Yusuf Hossain, Chairman BERC told The Independent. The new tariff will come into effect from September 1, 2012, he added.

Earlier on Tuesday, BERC officials got final approval from the PMO office in this regard.

The BERC also decided to restructure and enhance the tariff slabs for domestic consumers. According to the new plan, there would be six slabs for the domestic consumers.

The proposed slab has cut 25 units from the “lifeline support." Earlier, consumers using 0-100 units of electricity did not have to pay any extra money that was imposed through tariff hike, a senior official said.

But from now on, the first slab would cover 0-75 units. Following proposed slabs are 76 to 200 units, 201 to 300 units, 301 to 400 units, 401 to 500 units, 501 to 600 units and last one is 600 units and above.

The prepaid meter owners of PDB and DESCO will be brought under the fresh tariff chart from next month, the BERC official said.

According to the official, BERC will also ask the Power Development Board (PDB) to form an “Energy saving Fund” to enhance power generating agencies capacity in using energy in efficient manner.

According to PDB, it paid TK 4,273 crore to quick rental power plants, Tk 2,890 to rental plants and Tk 13,464 to the IPPs for purchasing power from them.

“We are receiving a number of complaints against the existing slabs. However, we are finalising the new slab structure and the consumers will have to pay their bills accordingly, following power tariff hike,” the official said.

Now the per-unit electricity price is Tk 5.10 on an average at consumer level, which was raised on four separate occasions by 27.50 per cent during the present Awami League government’s three-and-a-half-year rule.

Besides, the bulk power tariffs increased on five occasions by 69.06 per cent during the rule of this government. The government raised the price of per unit of electricity to Tk 4.02 from Tk 2.37.

News Source: 
The Independent