National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, NEPRA, on instructions from the federal government, has increased the tariffs of K-Electric’s domestic consumers by 20-50%. NEPRA had earlier increased the tariffs in October 2013, but a stay order was filed against it in Sindh High Court. In view of the stay order, the federal government decided to provide relief to the consumers, and didn’t collect tariff from October 2013 to June 2014. Now with the stay order being expired, NEPRA was given the go ahead to increase the tariffs.
K-Electric’s tariffs were the lowest in the country for domestic users. With the increase in tariffs, now consumers who consume 201-300 units per month would have to pay Rs 10.20 per unit instead of Rs 8.11 per unit, those who consume 300-700 units would have to pay Rs 16 per unit instead of Rs 12.33 per unit, and those who consume more than 700 units would have to pay Rs 18 per unit instead of Rs 15.07 per unit.
The peak and off-peak rates has also been increased for high-end consumers using time-of-use meters. The new tariff has been increased to Rs 18 per unit from Rs 13.99 per unit, and the off-peak tariff has been increased to Rs 12.50 per unit from Rs 8.22 per unit.
Commercial and industrial consumer’s rates haven’t been changed.