Discoms propose no changes in power tariff in Andhra Pradesh

Notwithstanding an estimated revenue deficit of Rs 11,911 crore for the year 2021-22, the three power distribution companies (discoms) have proposed no changes in the power tariff for the next year. No changes in the existing slabs were made nor were there additional categories, in a relief to the consumers.

According to the aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) and proposed tariffs for retail supply business for 2021-22 submitted by the three discoms — APSPDCL, APCPDCL and APEPDCL — to AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC), a total of 68,369 million units (MU) are projected for power purchase at a cost of Rs 30,206 crore. After factoring in the network and other costs of Rs 13,824 crore, the ARR is estimated to be Rs 44,030 crore. The discoms also projected the sale of 61,050 MU of power, which is likely to accrue Rs 30,834 crore at the current tariff. Including surcharges, the revenue of sales is expected to be Rs 32, 119 crore, thereby resulting in an estimated deficit of Rs 11,911 crore.

However, no changes have been proposed in the tariff. Besides this, the discoms proposed waiver of monthly minimum charges for low tension (LT) domestic consumers and proposed nominal fixed charges of Rs 10/KW/month on contracted load.

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