Impact of BESCOM tariff hike 2017-18

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Impact of BESCOM tariff hike 2017-18

Much awaited circular for the year from KERC(Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission) is out: KERC has announced the revised electricity tariff for the ESCOM consumers in Karnataka. Not many surprises, as there is an increase in the tariff compared to the previous year. Even though the BESCOM had asked for hikes up to Rs. 1.5  per unit of energy being supplied to the consumers, it has been limited to the range of Rs. 0.50 for the majority of the consumers.

COMMERCIAL TARIFF

Commercial segment constitutes 9.3% of all the consumers of BESCOM. Following is how the price have increased for this segment:

Sanctioned Load Fixed ChargeRs.50/-
Consumption Energy Charges
0 to 50 UnitsRs.7.15/- per Unit
Above 50 UnitsRs.8.15/- per Unit

Table 1: Old Tariff for Commercial Sector

Sanctioned Load Fixed ChargeRs.60/-
Consumption Energy Charges
0 to 50 UnitsRs.7.50/- per Unit
Above 50 UnitsRs.8.50/- per Unit

Table 2: Updated Tariff for Commercial Sector

RESIDENTIAL TARIFF

Residential segment consumers(LT2) constituting 67.1% of the total number of consumers of BESCOM, will find an increase in 25 to 40 paisa per unit. Here is the increase in tariff for the LT2 consumers:

Sanctioned Load Fixed Charges
Fixed Charge for First kWRs.30/-
Fixed Charge for Additional kWRs.40/-
Consumption Energy Charges
0 to 30 UnitsRs.3/- per Unit
31 to 100 UnitsRs.4.4/- per Unit
101 to 200 UnitsRs.5.9/- per Unit
Above 200 UnitsRs.6.9/- per Unit

Table 3: Old Tariff Structure for Residential Sector

Sanctioned Load Fixed Charges
Fixed Charge for First kWRs.30/-
Fixed Charge for Additional kWRs.40/-
Consumption Energy Charges
0 to 30 UnitsRs.3/- per Unit
31 to 100 UnitsRs.4.4/- per Unit
101 to 200 UnitsRs.5.9/- per Unit
Above 200 UnitsRs.6.9/- per Unit

Table 4: Updated Tariff Structure for Residential Building

Overall there is an increase in tariff of ~8%.

IMPACT-RESIDENTIAL

Here is some calculation on how the new tariff will affect the consumers in residential sector consuming energy from 100 to 500 units:

Consumption
(Units)
Bill Under
Old Tariff
Bill Under
Current Tariff
Difference
150Rs. 693.00Rs. 739.00Rs. 46.00
250Rs. 1,333.00Rs. 1,416.50Rs. 83.50
350Rs. 2,023.00Rs. 2,149.00Rs. 126.00
450Rs. 2,713.00Rs. 2,886.50Rs. 173.50
550Rs. 3,403.00Rs. 3,626.50Rs. 223.50
650Rs. 4,093.00Rs. 4,366.50Rs. 273.50

Table 5: Impact of Tariffs on Bill of Residential Customers

IMPACT-COMMERCIAL

Consumption
(Units)
Bill Under
Old Tariff
Bill Under
Current Tariff
Difference
150Rs. 1,172.50Rs. 1,225.00Rs. 52.50
250Rs. 1,987.50Rs. 2,075.00Rs. 87.50
350Rs. 2,802.50Rs. 2,925.00Rs. 122.50
450Rs. 3,617.50Rs. 3,775.00Rs. 157.50
550Rs. 4,432.50Rs. 4,625.00Rs. 192.50
650Rs. 5,247.50Rs. 5,475.00Rs. 227.50

Table 6: Impact of Tariff on Bills of Commercial Customers

The electricity bill as expected is going to increase as we see in the above columns. Best way to keep the bill in control is by using energy efficient equipment like LED lights, energy efficient fans, refrigerators, ACs, pumps etc.

Along with energy efficient equipment, solar roof-top PV systems can also help in reducing the electricity bill and to a great extend bring down the bill to zero and even the BESCOM to pay the consumer for the solar generation. More on how solar helps: link to net metering

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