6.6% hike: Regulatory commission announces KSEB’s updated electricity charges

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) here on Saturday announced the revised electricity tariff for the state. The move comes in the wake of petitions filed by KSEB and other licensed players involved in distribution of electricity. The intervention comes after public consultation in four districts in Kerala.

KSERC termed the announcement of revised tariff ‘not as a hike, but tariff finalisation’. It added that revised tariff is released after considering the financial situation of customers in this Covid-19 pandemic situation. “Usually, multi-year tariff revision will be of five years. But considering it as a special case due to contingency, only the revision for period 2022-23 is announced,” it pointed out. The tariff revision for the next year will be announced after evaluating the performance of the licensed players , it further said.

  • The tariff has been increased by 6.6 per cent of the current rate
  • The revised rate will not affect BPL customers if monthly usage is under 40 units and connect load is less than 1,000 watts
  • The revised rate will not affect domestic users if monthly usage is under 50 units
  • The domestic users whose monthy usage is up to 150 units will be hiked by 25 paise maximum
  • The revised rate will not affect orphanages, old age homes and anganawadis
  • The BPL households having cancer patients or individuals with permanent disability are exempted from rate revision for usage up to 1,000 watts
  • The subsidised rate for endosulfan victims will continue
  • The tariff allowance for small shops ('petti kada') and road side eateries ('thattu kada') has been increased from 1,000 units to 2,000 units
  • The rates of agricultural connections not increased
  • For small scale merchandises with a usage under 10kw connect load have tariff hike of 15 paise

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