Power tariff hike: AAP govt asks DERC to withdraw fuel surcharge hike

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New Delhi, Jun 15: The AAP government has written to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) to withdraw the recent hike in fuel surcharge saying the order was not in accordance with certain sections of the Electricity Act.

"The order is not in accordance with Section 62 (4) of the Electricity Act, 2003 which allows amendment of tariff only once in a financial year except in respect of any changes expressly permitted under the terms of any surcharge formula," the letter said.

AAP govt asks DERC to withdraw fuel surcharge hike.
The letter, written by Delhi Power Secretary Sukesh Kumar Jain, also referred to the ongoing CAG audit of discoms.

"Therefore any tariff hike in the name of PPAC (power purchase adjustment cost) adjustment may not have been made at this stage," it said.

A senior government official had said that the DERC's move is "completely illogical" as the CAG audit of the power discoms is still underway.

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The letter further noted that DERC had neither given any notice to the public or the Delhi government before taking the decision. Nor any public consultation was made with department of power in this matter, it said.

"The detailed working on the basis of which DERC has arrived at the PPAC percentage spread over next 3 quarters, ranging from 4-6 per cent is also not provided in the said order," it added.

DERC on Friday had approved a 4-6 per cent increase in power purchase adjustment cost (PPAC), or the fuel surcharge, as it restored a levy charged to compensate the discoms for rise in cost of buying electricity on account of increase in coal and gas prices.


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