Special Correspondent

APTransco does not propose any tariff increase for power consumers

HYDERABAD: There is good news for power consumers in the State. The APTransco has not proposed any power tariff hike for consumers of all categories for the year 2006-07. The Transco has, in fact, proposed further rationalisation of power tariff for HT - I category consumers for providing competitive rates to industries. The Transco has proposed a 3.7 per cent reduction in the tariff for HT-I category by modifying the incentive scheme. Accordingly, the overall effective tariff would be Rs. 3.56 per unit as compared to the existing Rs. 3.70 per unit.

For the first time, voltage-wise tariff is proposed for the HT-II non-industrial category due to which the overall tariff has been proposed to be reduced from Rs. 5.28/kwh to Rs. 5.19/kwh.

The AP Transco and the Discoms filed their Aggregate Revenue Requirement for the year 2006-07 and the multi-year ARR and tariff framework with the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission on Saturday.

The filing of projections for three years-- 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09-- marked the commencement of the second generation power reforms.

T and D losses

The Transco proposed to bring down the transmission and distribution losses from 22.53 to 21.33 per cent during next year and to 20.32 in the subsequent year.

The metered sales are projected to go up from 49.9 to 52.47 per cent next year and to 54.66 per cent the subsequent year. These twin measures are likely to achieve additional revenue of Rs. 125 crores next one year for the power utility.

Meanwhile, following the filing of the ARR, the APERC had decided to invite objections and suggestions following which public hearing would be held in Hyderabad on February 13. Public hearing on CPDCL filings would be held at Kurnool on February 14, NPDCL filings at Karimnagar (February 16), EPDCL filings (February 18) and SPDCL filings at Nellore (February 20).

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