Power consumers may get a 'shock' today

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) is likely to announce the new power tariffs on Thursday.

With the State already staring at an impending power crisis this summer on account of shortage in power generation, the KERC may deliver a blow to citizens with a likely increase in power tariffs for ‘intermittent’ power supply.

It is stated that the KERC may also look at the Fuel Adjustment Costs, which when notified by KERC will mean that consumers will have to pay for fuel used in electricity generation. Currently, household consumers are paying Rs 2.30 per unit of power.

70 paise hike

The Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited and the energy supply companies (Escoms) had sought a hike of 70 paise per unit to bridge the Rs 2,200-crore deficit they are facing.

It may be recalled that the maximum hike announced in previous years by the KERC is 27 paise.

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