ISLAMABAD: Distribution companies of formerly Wapda have sought a reduction of Rs2.60 per unit in the consumer tariff for October to refund higher-than-justified charges collected from people in the month despite cheaper power generation.

The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) filed the request on behalf of the distribution companies on the basis of the actual fuel cost of power generation in October under the automatic monthly fuel price adjustment. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) is expected to hold a public hearing on the request by the weekend.

Under the practice in vogue, the distribution companies charge a higher estimated fuel charge to power consumers that is later adjusted against the actual cost in the subsequent month with the approval of the power regulator.