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Tackling the electricity challenge

Pakistan is once again facing a shortfall of electricity in winter. Last year, there was a nationwide electricity blackout on account of similar issues. It then becomes essential to discuss…

Doing away with GST on electricity?

It is already happening what was expected. People have come out against rising electricity bills. Protests may convert into anarchy. Does government have some immediate remedy? Although, problems are of…

Reducing rising electricity tariff?—II

LIBOR has gone up; thus a case for reduction of this margin suitably. Second solution is increase in the repayment period. In the power sector, debt servicing is cash based…

Reducing rising electricity tariff?-I

NEPRA (National Electric Power Authority) has increased electricity base tariff by Rs 4.96 per unit from Rs 24.82 per unit to Rs 29.78 per unit. It is a 20% increase…

Legal basis for uniform electricity tariff

For the end consumer in Pakistan, the current tariff structure is uniform throughout the country. Still, it distinguishes between residential, commercial, industrial, agriculture, and customer categories. It is further divided…

Rising electricity tariffs: a fact-sheet

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) conditionalities imposed with the grant of their loan is invariably cited by the incumbent government as the reason for an unending increase in prices of…

The national electricity plan (Part – II)

It seems that the government of Pakistan is sceptical about talks of an open market regime in the power sector. In the meanwhile, it is letting market players play. The…

The national electricity plan: Part – I

Complying with the recently introduced requirements of the Nepra Act, the power division has prepared the first draft of the National Electricity Plan (NEP). This plan is one of the…

Complexities of electricity markets

Sugar, cement and flour scandals have shaken the confidence of people in markets. Regulations and government controls have not delivered either. In Karachi, people are suffering under the poor performance…