Assam may hike commercial power tariff 7-12 percent

The government will not hike consumer electricity prices this year, although a 7-12 per cent hike for the commercial sector is under consideration, an official of the state electricity regulatory commission said on Saturday.

“The electricity prices won’t increase for domestic category of consumers. However, for the industrial and commercial segment it will increase by 7-12 per cent depending on the nature and scale of the industry,” a member of the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission R.K. Gogoi told IANS while attending an event organised by the Independent Power Producers Association of India.

The former general manager of state-owned Ltd. said increasing operational expenses is the reason behind the price hike and taxing the industrial sector alone will be enough to meet the rising expenses.

While the peak-hour power requirement in the state is 1,300MW, Assam produces 700MW of power annually, he said.

“There is always a shortfall of 250MW in normal times.”

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