Power bills set to take a plunge in Delhi

With the summer setting in, there is some good news in store for Delhites. Monthly electricity bills are set to go down by 4 to 6 per cent as discoms will no longer charge consumers the power purchase adjustment cost (PPAC) on bills, the term for which expired on Tuesday.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had on June 15, 2015, asked the discoms to charge PPAC from consumers for the next nine months, a period that ended on Tuesday. So far, no fresh directions have been issued by the regulatory body, which implies that consumers will have to pay up to 6 per cent less on their bills until further orders are issued.

Sources said that the discoms will now submit fresh petitions to the DERC for the quarterly PPAC only in April, which means there a decision on the fuel surcharge (PPAC) will be taken after a month. “BSES Rajdhani (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna (BYPL) consumers will see a 6 per cent reduction in their bills. Tata Power (TPDDL) consumers will get the lowest reduction of 4 per cent and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) households will have a 5 per cent reduction in their monthly power bills,” said an official.

The PPAC charges were removed from the power tariff that was announced in 2014, after which the discoms had approached the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (ATE) asking for it to be levied on consumers on the pretext that they were running in losses. Later in June 2015, the DERC on the instructions of the tribunal had allowed the discoms to charge PPAC from the consumers until March 15, 2016.

Residents Welfare Associations across the capital have hailed the lapse and said they would fight for not allowing any tariff hike in the upcoming annual tariff revision.

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