Panjim: Minister for Power, Govt. of Goa, Mr. Nilesh Cabral has today clarified that there is no hike in power tariff nor is there any plan of the government to hike it in the near future.
He said, that since Goa receives supply from power generating stations outside the state, the agreement between Goa Electricity Dept. and the power generating stations is such that whenever the fuel prices go up the increase in the price will be charged to the Goa Electricity Dept and whenever the fuel prices go down, that credit also will be passed on to the Goa Electricity Dept which is called the Fuel & Power Purchase Cost Adjustment Formula (FPPCA).
The reconciliation of FPPCA is done every Quarter and accordingly the increase or decrease in fuel prices is passed on to the GED , which in turn passes it on to the consumers. This is mandatory as per the regulatory directions of the Hon’ble JERC which regulates and governs all such power purchase agreements.
In the last Quarter the power generating stations have charged additional amounts over the basic unit rate fixed and hence consumers will find the FPPCA charges high in the power bills.This should not be mistaken by consumers as hike in Power Tariff.
In the coming quarters, if the FPPCA charges go down that benefit will also be passed on to consumers.
Mr. Cabral said, “It is always not the situation that the Department only burdens these consumers when the FPPCA charges go high , but there have been regular instances where credit has been passed on to the consumers when FPPCA charges have not been charged or negative charges have been levied . To site an example the FPPCA computations for the 1st Quarter of FY 2017-18 l(April 2017 to June 2017) levied for the consumption of July to September 2017 was total Credit case to all consumers as FPPCA charges were negative.”
Further for the period January 2017 to March 2017(4th Quarter of FY 2016-17) Electricity Department had to pay Rs. 92.58 crores towards arrears amount to NTPC Ltd. Therefore the FPPCA charges for 4th Quarter of FY 2016-17 were very high. However for the next Quarter i.e. for the 1st Quarter (April 17- June 17) of FY 2017-18, there was credit amount of Rs. 137 crore passed on by NTPC due to differential Income Tax revision .The effect of this was FPPCA charges came negative to all consumers.
Addressing issues concerning the hike in FPPCA charges, Mr. Cabral said that the Electricity Department – Goa is procuring most of its power needs from Central Generating Stations (CGS). The State has to procure also solar and non solar power to meet Renewable Power Obligation as per the target set by the hon’ble JERC.
Due to shortage of power from CGS, short term power from open market, power from power exchange platforms, over drawal from the grid is also purchased to meet the needs of the consumers. This type of power (other than regular allotted power) is much more costlier than regular power.
It is hereby brought to the notice of all Electricity Department consumers and public in general that this is a routine practise which is being followed by this Department since 2012 & this is not only by this Department but similar action is also taken since active functioning of respective ERC by all Utilities in the country. As per Regulation of JERC, every Quarterly FPPCA are bound to be calculated and credit /debit will have to be passed on to the consumers. The entire process is based on JERC Regulation and formula. Hence consumers need not worry about any hike in FPPCA charges.The effective FPPCA charges to be levied categorywise for the upcoming Quarter i.e. for the Consumpion of October 2018 to December 2018 are as tabulated below:
Levy of FPPCA of 2nd Quarter of FY 2018-19 i.e. July 2018 to September 2018 for the consumption of October, November, December,2018
FPPCA charges Ps/Unit
LOW TENSION SUPPLY
Tariff LTD/Domestic and Non-Commercial
101 to 200 Units
201 to300 Units
301 to 400Units
Tariff LTLIG/Low Income Group –
201 to 400 Units
Above 400 Units
0 to 500Units
Tariff-LTP/ Mixed(Hotel Industries)
A)Tariff-LTAG/Agriculture ( Pump Sets/Irrigation)
B)Tariff-LTAG/Agriculture ( Allied Services)
Tariff – Public Lighting
Tariff – Hoardings/Sign boards
Temporary LT Domestic
HIGH TENSION SUPPLY
Connected at 11/33 kv
Connected at 110 kv
Tariff HTFS Industrial (Ferro Mettallurgical/ Steel Melting/ Power Intensive/ Steel Rolling )
A)Tariff-HTAG/Agriculture (Pump Sets/Irrigation)
B)Tariff-HTAG/Agriculture (Allied Services)
H.T. MES/Defence Establishments