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The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has increased the electricity tariff rates in Haryana due to Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA).
An order passed by the HERC on June 26 states that power tariff rates will be increased for the next 24 months starting July 1.
FSA is the amount calculated as deficits of the power utility companies during the previous year, which is to be collected from consumers. Based on various criteria like energy consumption, voltage supply, connected load and energy-loss levels, different consumers pay tariff at differential rates.
Domestic users are charged the least, while the FSA per unit is highest for bulk supply, lift irrigation, railway traction supply, public water works, high tariff industries and street lights. While the FSA amount to be levied is 12 paise per unit for domestic usage up to 40 units, it is 28 paise for usage in bulk supply (other than domestic).
The approved distribution and retail supply tariff for the financial year 2012-13 has been in effect since April 1. Previously, the electricity bills included energy charges and FSA from previous years. Now, the FSA of current year will also be added to the electricity bills generated after July 1.
According to Sanjay Varma, Director (tariff), HERC, "Unlike some other states, consumers in Haryana are charged at different rates based on their consumption levels". Different rates are decided for 15 categories of consumers and they are charged differently for the number of units used.
For example, assuming that the rates in the domestic consumers category are lower for the first 40 units used and are higher for more units used, then, the consumer is charged in the lower category for the first 40 units that he/she uses and according to the higher slab for the rest of the units. In some other states, consumers are charged entirely on the higher rate slabs, if he/she has crossed the lower category of usage.