While lockdown has brought misery to everybody, there is a bright side to it. The variable power generation cost of Mahagenco in July has gone down by 9.32%, which will reduce the power tariff by over 20 paise per unit. Consequently, your August bill will be lower. Energy minister Nitin Raut has promised to continue this trend.
A source in Mahagenco said that due to lockdown and rains, the power demand had reduced sharply. “As a result, we are running fewer generation sets and thus require less coal. We are not buying coal from Odisha and Chhattisgarh but only from Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) mines in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. This has reduced coal transportation cost and hence we are getting fuel at a cheaper price,” he added.
The officer further said that demand was likely to remain low in August too and hence September bills too would be on the lower side. “However, this would depend on whether lockdown continues in August,” he added.
He further said that due to proper coal sourcing by Mahagenco the cost of generation of some power units had reduced significantly. “The variable generation cost of Khaparkheda unit 5 was Rs2.4230 per unit in June, which reduced to Rs2.0075 per unit in July, a decrease of 17.15%. The variable generation cost of Khaparkheda units 1 to 4 has reduced by 21.44%. The variable cost of every unit has reduced and the average is 9.32%,” he added.
State discom MSEDCL is facing flak all across the state due to high power bills issued in June. The discom did not take meter readings in March, April, and May, and issued average bills for two or three months. It finally took readings in June and issued bills accordingly. Even though it provided slab benefit to consumers, the bills were twice or even thrice the normal summer bills. This has infuriated consumers, who feel that the bankrupt state government is fleecing them to fill up its treasury.
In Nagpur zone (Nagpur and Wardha districts), only 32% of consumers had paid their June bills until a week ago. The public awareness campaign of MSEDCL and minister Raut is not having much effect.
(With inputs from timesofindia)