BERC committee recommends raising bulk power tariff by Tk0.54

Published at 01:54 AM September 26, 2017
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According to the PDB proposal, it is necessary to raise
power tariff to Tk5.59 from Tk4.87 now in the current fiscal
year to bridge the gap in the wake of loss
The technical evaluation committee of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory
Commission (BERC) has recommended raising power tariff to the bulk
level by Tk0.54 per unit instead of Tk0.87 proposed by the state-owned
Power Development Board (PDB).
As the PDB is now getting Tk4.87 from the sale of a unit electricity, the
committee has recommended increasing the price to Tk5.41.
The recommendation came on Monday after a public hearing on the
PDB’s proposal for hiking the electricity prices by 14.78% to minimise
losses from supplying electricity to distribution companies at low
prices. The hearing was held at the BERC office in Dhaka.
PDB submitted the price hike proposal to the BERC earlier on February
20. They then suggested hiking the price by Tk0.72 per unit.
During the hearing, PDB General Manager (commercial operation)
Kawsar Amir Ali proposed hiking the price further to Tk0.72.
He said: “PDB got Tk4.90 selling a unit electricity in 2016. As the
supply has increased, the proceeds from the sale has now dropped to
Tk4.87 a unit.
According to the PDB proposal, it is necessary to raise power tariff to
Tk5.59 from Tk4.87 now in the current fiscal year to bridge the gap in
the wake of loss.
The PDB in its proposal said it purchases power from rental and IPP
power plants, Electricity Generation Company of Bangladesh (EGCB)
Ltd, Rural Power Company Limited (RPCL), Ashuganj Power Station
Company Ltd (APSCL) and North-West Power Generation Company
Limited (NWPGCL).
It sells power to its bulk consumers – Dhaka Power Distribution
Company Ltd (DPDC), Dhaka Electric Supply Company Ltd (Desco),
Rural Electrification Board (REB), West Zone Power Distribution
Company Limited (WZPDCL), North West Zone Power Distribution
Company Limited (NWZPDC) and to its retail consumers in its own
distribution regions – at the price fixed by the BERC.
BERC Chairman Monowar Islam was present at the hearing also
attended by BERC members Rahman Murshed, Md Mizanur Rahman,
Md Abdul Aziz Khan and Md Mahmudul Haq Bhuiyan along with
different stakeholders.

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