On Friday, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) made a significant announcement, notifying a hike of Rs. 1.46 per unit in electricity prices, attributed to fuel cost adjustment (FCA), applicable to ex-Wapda distribution companies (DISCOs).

This adjustment is set to impact all consumer categories, with two notable exceptions: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) and Lifeline consumers. To ensure transparency, the adjustment will be displayed separately on consumers’ bills, reflecting the units billed to them in July 2023. For ex-Wapda distribution companies (XWDISCOs), the fuel charge adjustment for July 2023 will be incorporated into the billing cycle for September 2023.

It’s worth noting that the distribution companies had originally requested NEPRA to approve a more substantial increase of Rs. 2.07 per unit in terms of FCA.

This tariff hike comes as an additional burden for the already inflation-stricken populace. In recent weeks, protests have erupted nationwide in response to inflated power bills. Despite promises of relief, consumers are now facing the prospect of increased bills in September, further exacerbating their financial concerns.

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