PUDUCHERRY: The government has exempted the domestic consumers from payment of Fuel and Power Purchase Cost Adjustment (FPPCA) charges in their electricity bill.
According to a notification on the government website, the government would pay a subsidy of `4.97 crore to the Electricity Department as per the provisions of the Electricity Act, 2003, to offset the FPPCA charges of domestic consumers.
Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the State of Goa and Union Territories in its tariff order, dated 10-4-2013, issued for the year 2013-14 had made a provision for the adjustment due to variation in power purchase cost on quarterly basis in the form of FPPCA from all consumers except the agriculture and One Hut One Bulb (OHOB).
The FPPCA charges for the first quarter (April 2013 to June 2013) and second quarter (July 2013 to September 2013) will be recovered from consumers other than domestic consumers along with the current consumption charges in energy bills issued in the current year.
The JERC has also directed the Electricity Department to pay interest on security deposit for the financial year 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 and submit the status report by June 30, failing which the commission would be constrained to initiate action.