According to reports, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has hiked power tariff for commercial and industrial consumers by 20 paise a unit.
For the LT industrial units, the tariff has been increased from the earlier rates ranging from Rs 4 to Rs 5/unit in Bangalore to the new rates ranging from Rs 4.20 to Rs 5.20/unit. In other areas, the new tariff ranges from Rs 4 to Rs 5/unit.
The LT commercial tariff in urban areas has been increased from Rs 6 to Rs 6.20/unit for the first 50 units and from Rs 7 to Rs 7.20/unit for consumption beyond 50 units.
In the rural areas, the new rates will be Rs 5.70 (Rs 5.50 earlier) for the first 50 units and Rs 6.70 (Rs 6.50) a unit for consumption beyond 50 units.
For the HT industrial users, the tariff has gone up by a uniform 20 paise/unit over the existing rates of Rs 4.90 and Rs 5.30/unit to Rs 5.10 and Rs 5.50/unit.
For the first time, a concept of ‘Green Tariff’ has been introduced in the state.
In the previous order, KERC had given HT Industries and HT commercial consumers an option, to promote purchase of energy from renewable sources and to reduce carbon footprint.