Pakistan’s National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved an increase of $0.02 per unit in the electricity tariff in support of a request from the Central Power Purchase Agency (CPPA).

This power tariff rise comes against the background of a fuel adjustment surcharge of $0.06 per unit, resulting in a sharp tariff increase to consumers.

However, the legislators of both houses have expressed reservations over the past performance of NEPRA, and there has been criticism of NEPRA for not having a clear policy to determine the level of power tariff.

During the hearing to approve the tariff increase, the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) was criticised for failing to maintain hydropower resources, and Syed Gillani, Pakistan’s prime minister, expressed his reservations over the performance of power generation companies, as well as WAPDA.

In addition, NEPRA expressed their concerns over CCPA’s use of rental power during the power crisis, and requested details of the penalties levelled on Naudero 1 and Karkay rental power plants for “operational delay”.

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