No power tariff hike for 2021-22 in Andhra Pradesh

In a big relief to electricity consumers in the state, the electricity distribution utilities of Andhra Pradesh (AP) — AP Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL), AP Central Power Distribution Company Limited (APCPDCL) and AP Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL) have decided not to propose any tariff revision in the coming financial year.

The three discoms have submitted the aggregate revenue requirement (ARRs) and proposed tariffs for retail supply business for 2021-22 to AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC). Notwithstanding a huge revenue deficit of Rs 119.11 billion estimated for next year, the discoms have decided not to go for any increase in retail tariff. The discoms have also decided to waive off the minimum monthly charges for all low-tension consumers. Instead, they have proposed to collect a nominal fixed charge of Rs 10 per kilo watt per month on the contracted load.

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