TARIFF, SUBSIDIES AND FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENT

 

 

The SCECO tariff is mainly based on the fact that a considerable part of the connections are not metered and that individual Load Control Switches (LCS) limit the off take of power as per tariff levels. These Load Control Switches (LCS) automatically cutout when the permissible power off take is exceeded. Reconnection is possible by the SCECO staff and reconnectors nominated by the local ad-hoc committee.

 

Levels 1, 2, 3/1 and 3/2 are grouped in the “domestic” category, with maximum possible power consumption of 0.1kW, 0.5kW, 1kW and 2kW; level 4/1 and 4/2, known as the “Service” category, covers connections to schools, hospitals, hotels and lodge, government offices, cottage industries, with a maximum power off-take of 4kW (level4/1) or 8kW (level 4/2); Level 5, the “Industry” category, is specially designed to promote day consumption, by low unit prices with a permissible off-peak power off-take of some 20kW (or even more), which is drastically curtailed by a timer-relay device during peak hours.

 

To get a line, as per connection policy, the house wiring must meet the SCECO technical standards and the relevant customer has got to get the wiring checked by SCECO or SCECO certified wireman.

 

Every tariff level has to pay a fixed rate, which reflects partly the cost of stand-by power and partly the fixed cost of investment related to every connection. Level 1 and 2 pay a fixed rate only and are not equipped with meters. Level 3, 4 and 5 are metered and have to pay a fixed rate as well as a differentiated, digressive price per consumed unit (kWh) as per given tariff structure below:

LevelAdmitted
Power
(kW)
Exempted Unit
(kWh)
Fixed
Rate
(NRs/Month)
Per Unit Rate
(NRs/kWh)
10.1-130-
20.5-400-
3(1)1754759
3(2)2756509
4(1)41009809
4(2)812018009
Off Peak hourPeak Hour
5(1)>10.0 0.1804757
5(2)>10.0 0.5806507
5(3)>10.0 2.012012007
11kv>20.04300.00 per kW (Demand Charge)9