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Power Tariff Hikes in Delhi

Power Tariff Hikes in Delhi

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Power tariff hikes in Delhi- A costly affair

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It’s that bad news we all dread to hear and it’s happened once again. Barely two months back when the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had increased the power tariff by 1.5-3%, another hike of 1.5% has now been given the green signal. While the state regulator has fixed 4.5% fuel surcharge for BSES Yamuna Power Ltd and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd, 3% surcharge has been approved for Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd customers, shooting up the power bills by at least Rs 90. The reason quoted by the distribution companies to justify the inflation is the rising fuel cost. “Since coal is getting costlier, power generation is getting costlier. Hence, more money has to be paid to buy this expensive electricity”. Sadly, this has now become the default justification for tariff hikes as more than 75% of Delhi’s electricity comes from coal-based thermal power plants. In 2012, 32 major thermal power plants, including five major ones that supply power to Delhi, faced a severe shortage of coal. This was caused by the rising cost of coal, both in the domestic and international markets, and it led to a nationwide power deficit of 8,000MW. Out of this, the national capital’s share was 300MW. So to prevent long
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the target was very much achievable. Today. from the vicious cycle of rising coal prices and rising power tariffs.http://group6. when power discoms have to shell out Rs 12 for coal-based electricity. Today. we could have overcome the power deficit to some degree in this year. as consumers.delhi.000.com like and comment the posts and get this document free power cuts (this summer’s projected shortfall is 400MW in Delhi) and feed the starving power plants. Moreover.http://group6. he gets 500 litres of hot water in a single day without paying a single penny. Had it completed its target of last year. But wait a minute.blog.com/2013/09/06/power-tariff-hikes-in-delhi-a-costly-affair/ Join blog. Two years back. the government is working on a proposal to import more coal and it hopes to pass on this higher costs (read another tariff hike) to consumers.blog. as Delhiites. But the state failed to do its bit. solar energy for the same period can be bought at Rs 7.com or you can come to blog on power shortages. . Considering that the city receives 350 days of sunlight that could be harnessed as solar energy. During peak hours. using solar energy is cheaper than For more blogs and more information about power problems in India. Why should you and I.com for more blogs . contact Monika bansal@ monika. the Delhi regulatory commission was instructed by law to setup renewable power projects of 120MW.. switching to renewable energy would have freed us. Just as Air Marshal (retd) Minhi Bawa of Safdarjung Enclave in Delhi has done. become the victims of our government’s inefficient planning? Why are we being forced to bear the burden of expensive and truant electricity when we could have got better service at a lower rate? Not only is the cost of coal increasing. Bawa installed a solar heater on his rooftop for Rs 45. coal mining destroys forests and wildlife and pollutes the environment In 2012.2004@gmail.

com like and comment the posts and get this document free burning diesel in power generators. For more blogs and more information about power problems in India. like every previous summer.blog. utility companies are now brainstorming on how to carry out the load-shedding when the summer peaks. contact Monika bansal@ monika.delhi. we all know.http://group6.com/2013/09/06/power-tariff-hikes-in-delhi-a-costly-affair/ Join blog. Renewable energy..com or you can come to blog on power shortages. this year too. the DERC is yet to realize this fact as it continues to rely heavily on coal-based electricity.blog.2004@gmail. Worse. Still. And the faster we burn this fossil fuel. is the future as coal is not going to last forever. Unfortunately. we are being forced to accept DERC’s tariff hikes.http://group6.com for more blogs . the higher would be the price to use it. despite knowing that it could have been avoided had the state regulator been proactive and shown a firm will to fulfill its clean energy targets. So. we’ll all be paying double money for a bad service. .

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