40% Fuel Surcharge to be Added to Electricity Bills
The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has revised the Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA) fee, after nine years. This made the central discom to charge additional amount for the power consumers for the fiscal 2009-10, which works out to 20-40% of the total monthly bill.
According to the sources, the revision has made due to a substantial increase in the power purchase cost, network costs, and the cost of procuring coal and gas. The FSA hike accounts for the recovery of Rs 1,400 crore, which was the amount spent by the state’s discoms for power purchase in the year 2009-10.
Domestic consumers using 0-50 and 51-100 units per month are exempted from the hike, whereas, consumers of 100-500 units are required to pay. Nearly 60% of the 2 crore domestic consumers across the state are estimated to fall in the category of people using 100-500 units, hence, are supposed to pay FSA. On the other hand, industrial sector would have to pay the highest with an increase of 87 paisa per unit.
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