BERC hikes power tariff by 5.3% from December


Dhaka, November 23: The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) on Thursday on an average hiked power tariff by 5.3 percent or Tk 0.35 per unit in consumer level.The BERC, however, decided not to raise bulk tariff. The new tariff will come into effect from December.

Chairman of the BERC Monwar Islam made the announcement in the afternoon.

The regulatory body announced its decision at 3:00pm on power tariff hike proposals placed by different state-owned companies.

Earlier, the Commission held a series of public hearings on their proposals from September 25 to October 5.

It also held a special public hearing on power tariff reduction proposal placed by the Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB) to reduce the bulk power tariff.

CAB has proposed reducing the bulk tariff price by Tk 1.32 per unit taking different measures and implementing the previous BERC order to ensure the purchase of lowest-cost electricity by Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB).

Earlier, the PDB proposed raising the power tariff by 15 percent per unit at the bulk level.

Currently, the bulk tariff of per unit electricity is Tk 4.90. The PDB wants it to be re-fixed at Tk 5.99