Electricity charge likely to be increased after LSG polls


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Procedures to decide surcharge from July to October is progressing. By the time the surcharge is collected, the increase in electricity rate can be finalised, the officials said.

Palakkad: After the local body elections, the electricity rate will be increased in the state. The power tariff revised in 2019 was valid till March 31 only. As the COVID outbreak happened, the rate was not revised further.

The electricity rate is decided after estimating the expenses and income of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) every year. The fuel surcharge from October 2019 is yet to be levied from the consumers. Procedures to decide surcharge from July to October is progressing. By the time the surcharge is collected, the increase in electricity rate can be finalised, the officials said.

The new rate will be determined after considering the increase made by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission for the transmission lines carrying power from other states, increase in fuel surcharge and the increase to manage the losses of the KSEB.

The board demanded that surcharge should be levied as 10 paise per unit from 2019 October to December, 11 paise from 2020 January to March and 6 paise from April to June. The board also asked to collect 6 paise per unit to manage the losses from July to September.

An increase of upto 25-50 paise per unit is expected as the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission increased the charges for loss of power over transmission. As the decision is taken by the Centre, the state commission will have to increase the rate. The KSEB made it clear that the state commission can decide the amount to be increased.

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