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Retail power tariff: 3 more distribution companies submit proposals

These distribution entities are DPDC, Desco and WZPDCL

Update : 25 Nov 2022, 12:36 AM

Three more state-owned distribution companies submitted their respective proposals to the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Thursday to raise power tariffs at the retail level.

These distribution entities are Dhaka Power Distribution Company Limited (DPDC), Dhaka Electric Supply Company Limited (Desco), and West Zone Power Distribution Company Limited (WZPDCL).

BERC Member (Tariff) Mohammad Bazlur Rahman confirmed the submission of the power distribution entities' proposals.

There are six power distribution entities in the country and all were asked by the government to submit their proposals on retail power tariff hikes as early as possible following the announcement of the new bulk power tariff.

“The proposals are almost identical and submitted as per directives of the government,” a top official of the Power Division told UNB.

On Tuesday, state-owned Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) submitted its proposal to the energy regulator seeking Tk1.47 hike per kilowatt hour (each unit) at the retail level. The BPDB wanted to raise the retail tariff by 19.44%, to Tk9.03 per unit from the existing Tk7.56 per unit.

Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) and Northern Electricity Supply Company PLS (Nesco) will submit proposals next week. “We've finalized our proposal on retail power tariff adjustment. We'll submit it on Sunday,” said BREB Chairman Mohammad Selim Uddin.

Nesco Managing Director Zakiul Islam informed of similar preparation and plan of his company.

The retail power tariff proposal was placed by BPDB within the next day after the bulk power tariff was raised.

On Monday, BERC raised the bulk power tariff by 19.92 percent – to Tk 6.20 per kilowatt hour (each unit) from the previous Tk 5.17 – with effect from December 2022, disposing a review appeal of the BPDB.

Previously, the retail tariff was raised on a weighted average by 5.3% to Tk7.13 from Tk6.77 per unit (each kilowatt-hour) with effect from March 1, 2020.

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