KATHMANDU, July 9: Butwal Power Company (BPC) Ltd has removed minimum fee of Rs 89 for households consuming power generated by Andhikhola Hydropower Project (9 MW).
This is the first revision in electricity tariff by the privately owned hydropower producer and distributor in 20 years.
Officials of BPC say that the new tariff structure will make electricity cheaper for households consuming low units. While minimum service charge has been set at Rs 20, the company will levy a fee of Rs 2 per unit. This means households using 20 units per month will have to pay only Rs 40. However, those consuming higher volume will have to pay higher charges, according to the officials.
Uttam Kumar Shrestha, CEO of BPC, small families will benefit from the new tariff structure.
Electricity Tariff Fixation Commission (ETFC) has also received minimum payment slab for household consumers.
Before the fresh revision in electricity tariff, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) was charging Rs 80 for first 20 units. Consumers are charged Rs 7 per unit if consumption exceeds 20 units.
From mid-July onwards, consumers will have to pay Rs 30 as a service charge and Rs 3 per unit on top of service charge, according to a notice published by ETFC.
Similarly, service charge for the consumers with 60 ampere meter has been fixed at Rs 275. Per unit tariff for such consumers has been fixed at Rs 13.
Likewise, monthly service charge for high voltage and three phase lines range from Rs 1,100 to Rs 10,000 while per unit rate ranges between Rs 12.5 and Rs 13.5. The demand fee for different industries and institutions of low voltage electricity starts from Rs 60, while the per unit rates range from Rs 7.80 to Rs 14.
Jagat Bhusal, chairman of ETFC, said NEA can seek the commission's permission to charge tariff above Rs 14 per unit to consumers using dedicated lines.