OERC announces a hike of 30 paise per unit of electricity

    Bhubaneswar, Mar 27 (PTI) The Odisha Electricity
Regulatory Commission (OERC) on Saturday announced a hike of
30 paise per unit of electricity in the state for fiscal
    The power tariff hike is about 5.6 per cent in retail
power tariff, said OERC secretary Priyabrat Patnaik, adding
that the tariff of BPL and irrigation consumers will remain
unchanged. The new power tariff will come into effect from
April 4, he said.
    Patnaik said there will be no change in monthly
minimum fixed charge, demand change and meter rent. "The hike
is 30 paise or 5.6 per cent across categories of electricity
consumers in the state," the OERC secretary said.
    The Commission has passed orders on retail supply
tariff of Discoms, bulk supply, price of GRIDCO, transmission
tariff of OPTCL, generation tariff of OHPC and OPGC and SLDC
charges for the year 2021-22.
    The OERC order mentioned that two per cent rebate over
and above normal rebate will be allowed on the bill for the LT
domestic consumers and single phase general purpose category
for consumers who pay through digital means.
    This rebate will be applicable on the current month
bill if paid in full. This apart, 2 per cent rebate shall be
allowed to all prepaid consumers on prepaid amount, the order
    As per the OERC order, charging of electric vehicles
shall be treated as GP (general purpose) category. The rural
LT (low tension) domestic consumers will get 5 paise per unit
rebate in addition to existing prompt payment rebate who draw
their power through correct meter and pay bill in time, it
    There is a rise of 3 paise per unit in transmission
tariff raising it to 28 paise per unit from 25 paise per unit,
it said.
    However, the average tariff of OHPC has been reduced
by 2.3 per cent from 91.39 paise to 89.28 paise per unit. The
average annual BSP (bulk supply price) has been revised to
296.29 paise per unit for fiscal 2021-22 as against 287.70
paise per unit in FY 2020-21.
    As per official sources, GRIDCO (Grid corporation of
Odisha) will purchase 28791.96 MU power during FY 2021-22 and
sale 27870 MU to DISCOMs and emergency power supply of 60 MU
to CGP (captive generating plant).
    The average power purchase cost will be 278.06 paise
per unit for FY 2021-2, the order said. PTI AAM

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