Assam: Power to Cost More as APDCL Hikes FPPA Charges
This will mean that for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) or unit consumed, the consumer will have to dish out 79 paisa as FPPA charges from next month, on top of the other charges in the power bill.
GUWAHATI: People of Assam will now have to bear an additional expense in terms of an increased power bill, as Assam Power Distribution Company Limited (APDCL) has hiked the Fuel and Power Purchase Price Adjustment (FPPPA) component in power bills to 79 paisa per unit (kWh), following a notice to that effect on Friday.
This will mean that for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) or unit consumed, the consumer will have to dish out 79 paisa per kilowatt-hour as FPPA charge from next month, on top of the other charges. For instance, if a consumer uses up 100 kWh of electricity in a month, he or she will have to pay 79 rupees. The current levy of FPPA rate in Assam is 30 paise per unit, which translates to an increase of 49 paisa/kWh.
The new rate in Assam will be applicable for a period of three months from December 2022 to February 2023, says APDCL and it is likely to be revised at the end of the period.
The APDCL informed about this new development to consumers through a notice published on Friday (November 25).
The APDCL notice read published in different print media says, "It is for information of all Electricity consumers that in terms of the AERC (Fuel and Power Purchase Price Adjustment) Regulations, 2010, Fuel and Power Purchase Price Adjustment (FPPPA) at 79 paisa per unit (kWh) will be levied to all category of consumers for next three months w.e.f. December'22 (energy consumed during November'22) to February'23 (energy consumed during January'23)".
It further reads, "Any adjustment regarding short/excess recovery due to seasonal variation of consumption within the stipulated period will be adjusted in subsequent periods or as may be directed by AERC."
"The adjustment will remain in force unless replaced by other order to that effect. Detailed computation and effective Tariff Schedule are available at APDCL website," The notice ends.
There have been complaints lately that the installation of smart meters by the APDCL has led to a sharp increase in bill amounts for all kinds of consumers, with the commercial ones to be hit the hardest.
APDCL later admitted that there was a problem with the meters, which has led to some consumers being served with exorbitant bill amounts.