Monthly consumption bills of power consumers in the State will go up further as the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has enhanced the price at which AP Transco/distribution companies will have to purchase power from wind-based units, by Rs 1.20 per unit—from Rs 3.50 to Rs 4.70 per unit.

The APERC on Thursday gave its approval to a petition filed by developers of wind energy units in the State which together have an installed capacity of 276 MW. These units are mostly located in Anantapur and Kurnool districts. The revised rate will be effective up to March 31, 2015.

The regulatory body gave its order following public hearings conducted by the APERC at which citizens’ groups vehemently opposed any hike. This order substitutes an earlier one issued by APERC in 2009 specifying the purchase price in case of this category of renewable energy sources (at Rs 3.50 per unit) for a five-year “control period” up to March 31, 2014.

The hike will only add to the woes of 2.4 crore power consumers as they are already burdened heavily on account of Fuel Surcharge Adjustment Charges (FSAC), amounting to a cumulative of Rs 1.77 per unit, allowed by the APERC through separate orders.