HPERC hikes power tariffs for commercial consumers

HPERC revised power tariffs forced industrial consumers to suffer

State government’s subsidy neutralise the hike for domestic consumers


Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPREC) on Wednesday ordered to hike the power tariff for different categories. However, due to subsidy given by the state government, the revise in tariff would not affect the domestic consumers, small shopkeepers and agriculturists.

For the Industrial consumers a hike of around 14 percent has been made in electricity tariffs and 7 percent for various government establishments.  Bulk consumers in earlier tariffs were paying RS. 4.05 per unit and in revised tariffs they have to pay Rs 4.50 on for every unit of electricity. For the consumers in the category of 21 kilowatt to 100 kilowatts per unit tariffs have been raised to Rs. 4.20 from Rs. 3.95. Similarly for the consumers in the category above than 100 kilowatts have to pay Rs. 4.10 against the existing tariff of Rs. 3.75 for per unit energy consumption.

According to the revised tariffs approved for financial year 2012-13 by HPRE there will be no increase in tariff for all the private agriculture irrigation consumers as state government is fully subsidizing the tariff increase. This will benefit about 15,000 consumers.

Executive Director(TFA), HPERC, S.K Joshi said that  the Commission has approved revenue requirement of Rs.4156 crores  for HP Power Board for the year 2012-13 for its electricity supply business. He said that the revenue realisation based on existing tariff of 2011-12 will be Rs.3423 crores involving a deficit /gap of Rs.733 crores.

He informed that while determining the tariff, Commission has adhered to the principles of National Tariff Policy which envisages that tariff for various consumer categories should be within plus or minus 20% of the average cost of supply, which is Rs.4.59 per unit for 2012-13.

The state of HP has total 20.28 lacs number of consumers in the state out of which 17.40 lacs are domestic consumers. All category consumers are consuming 900 crore units of electricity annually.

Commission has not increased tariff for small consumers in Commercial category upto load of 20 kW. This covers about 2.26 lacs (more than 95%) of the total of 2.30 lacs Commercial consumers having small business, shops, hotels, private offices, banks etc.

Similarly there is no increase in tariff for Small Non-Domestic-Non-Commercial (NDNC) consumers having load upto 20 kW which covers about 19,000 consumers (more than 90%) of the total of about 20,500 Non-Domestic-Non-Commercial consumers like health and educational institutions, religious places etc. No increase in consumer service charges and meter rent for all categories of consumers have been made.

Night hours concessional charges period has been extended, which will be 10 PM to 6 AM against existing mid night to 6 AM.