Power consumers should brace themselves to cough up more from April as they now have to pay fuel surcharge adjustment (FSA) for the second quarter of 2012-13. The additional burden on consumers will be Rs 753.8 crore.
The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission passed orders Wednesday allowing the Discoms to collect second quarter FSA from April to June, 2013.
Second quarter of FSA is the additional expenditure incurred by Discoms to supply power to consumers from July 2012 to September 2012.
The public hearing for the same was conducted by the APERC in December 2012, during which some persons objected to including prior period expenditure in the second quarter. To this, the Commission stated in its orders that the ERC had examined all invoices / bills produced by the Discoms. An amount of Rs 3,868 lakh for the entire second quarter had been admitted under prior period expenditure by the commission after conducting checks on the bills.
The prior period expenditure was mainly due to revision of water cess, Income Tax and energy charges of NTPC Stations.
However, the ERC stated that the FSA of agriculture sector had to be borne by the domestic power consumers, as there was no proper metering of agricultural connections.