Delhi: Your electricity bill has gone up, did you notice? | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: Due to an increase in the power purchase adjustment charge (PPAC) by 6 to 8 per cent, depending on the discom supplying you power in Delhi, your bill increased from February , but you may not have noticed it.
Delhi is supplied power by four discoms: BSES Yamuna Power Limited, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited and NDMC.The hike varies for consumers in different parts of the city as the increase in PPAC is different for each discom.

In the case of BRPL and BYPL, it is 8.75% and 6.15%, respectively, and for Tata Power and NDMC, it is 8.75%. Factoring in the hike, the total PPAC for BRPL is 35.8%, for BYPL 37.8%, for Tata Power 37.9% and for NDMC 38.8%.
To give an idea about how this will affect consumers, we can take the example of a person consuming 600 units. If he lives in the BRPL area, his bill will go up to Rs 4,802 from Rs 4523; in a BYPL area, it will go up to Rs 4,863 from Rs 4667; in a Tata Power area, it will increase to Rs 4,867 from Rs 4588; and in an NDMC area, it will increase to Rs 4,895 from Rs 4616.
However, this has not affected the bills of consumers availing subsidy for consuming up to 200 units, officials said on Wednesday. Delhi has about 65 lakh domestic electricity consumers. During winter – January to April – about 60 per cent do not have to pay for electricity because their consumption is less than 200 units which is free of cost.
The hike came to light on Wednesday after BJP held a press conference, attacking AAP govt for it. Delhi BJP president Virendra Sachdeva said, “Delhi govt is continuously looting Delhi through electricity bills. Electricity companies are extorting a hefty amount from the public in the name of PPAC.”
PPAC is levied as a percentage of the base tariff, which includes fixed cost and energy charges (units consumed) by the consumers. Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) provides a surcharge called PPAC to cover the fluctuations in the power purchase costs incurred by the discoms. The cost of purchasing power is influenced by the prices of coal and fuel. According to officials, there has been a substantial rise in coal prices recently due to increased imports and transportation costs.
Sachdeva said if govt had purchased electricity from the power grid or surplus states through an agreement before April, then prices would not have increased through May to July. He alleged that Kejriwal govt was busy with politics when it was time to make a power plan for summer. BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said the AAP govt has not increased the tariff but quietly allowed a hike in PPAC. Party leader Arvinder Singh Lovely said, “Despite promises, electricity companies have not been audited in the past 10 years under the Kejriwal govt.” There was no response from the discoms on the revision.
Hitting back, Delhi power minister Atishi said BJP was spreading rumours about rising electricity prices in the capital, asserting that BJP-ruled states have the highest electricity costs and frequent power cuts. “Under CM Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi provides 24/7 electricity at the lowest rates,” she said. She added that the DERC order states that the current PPAC will remain unchanged and according to Electricity Act of 2003, discoms can increase the PPAC by up to 10% during summer to meet increased demand.
Officials said if the discoms were to delay increasing PPAC, it could further burden the consumer as it is recovery of cost already paid. “PPAC is a statutory mandate, and the process is very transparent and validated by the regulator. Without PPAC, discoms will have liquidity stress and won’t have money to pay the generators,” they said.

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