GUWAHATI, March 7 - The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved the tariffs for Assam Power Generation Company Limited (APGCL), Assam Electricity Grid Corporation Limited (AEGCL) and Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) which will be effective from April 1.
Under the new tariff, the energy charges have been reduced by 15 to 40 paise per unit across all categories.
�On analysis, it was seen that around 6.1 per cent of the aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) of the APDCL comprises fixed costs. However, only 15 per cent of the annual revenue requirement is recovered through fixed/demand charges. Hence, the Commission has increased the fixed/demand charges for most categories, except 2-3 categories where the fixed/demand charges are already higher than that of other categories,� the Commission said in a statement.
With the revision in fixed/demand charges, APDCL will be able to recover only around 18 per cent of the ARR through the fixed/demand charges. The revised tariffs will help recover 32 per cent of fixed cost portion of the ARR, as compared to 27 per cent presently.
�The increase in fixed charges has been compensated by decreasing the energy charges. This has resulted in an overall decrease of 2 per cent (15.5 paise/unit) as compared to the existing tariff,� the statement said.
Night off-peak rebate has been increased from Rs 1.50 per kWh to Rs 2 per kWh, in order to incentivise HT industrial consumer categories to shift more of their consumption to night off-peak hours, thereby increasing the utilisation of power within the State.
The Commission has approved the cumulative revenue requirement of Rs 6,150.91 crore for APDCL for financial year 2020-21 as against Rs 7,411.03 crore proposed by APDCL.
APGCL, AEGCL and APDCL filed their petitions for approval of truing up of aggregate revenue requirement for financial year 2018-19, annual performance review (APR) for 2019-20 and determination of revised ARR and tariff for 2020-21, which were admitted by the Commission on December 19, 2019.
Public notices were issued by APGCL, AEGCL and APDCL inviting objections and suggestions from stakeholders. The Commission, after considering all representations and issues raised during the hearing and through written submissions, issued the tariff orders today.