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Govt Considers Decreasing Tariff for Solar Net Metering

Govt Considers Decreasing Tariff for Solar Net Metering

Govt Considers Decreasing Tariff for Solar Net Metering

Govt Considers Decreasing Tariff for Solar Net Metering

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In response to concerns regarding the impact of high fuel costs on consumers, the government has hinted at potentially reducing net metering tariffs for rooftop solar power units. This discussion took place during a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Power, where they also resolved to close investigations into alleged corruption related to the awarding of contracts for a transmission line associated with the Dasu Hydropower Project.

During the meeting, Power Secretary Asad Rehman Gilani attributed recent fuel cost increases to factors such as elevated insurance and tanker charges stemming from the situation in the Middle East. He mentioned the government’s commitment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has led to fuel cost adjustments being passed on to consumers with a two-month delay. However, he expressed optimism about the possibility of lower adjustments in the summer months.

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The committee also deliberated on the need to revise the current net metering tariff, which currently stands at Rs22 per unit, deeming it excessive for urban rooftop solar owners. Caretaker Power Minister Muhammad Ali and Secretary Gilani suggested that wealthier urban dwellers could afford higher rates, while smaller consumers might struggle. They stressed the importance of fairness, noting how lower-income consumers were effectively subsidizing wealthier individuals through the net metering system.

Furthermore, the committee decided to terminate inquiries into contract awards for the transmission line associated with the Dasu project, citing ongoing scrutiny by high courts, government grievance mechanisms, and the World Bank. The change in committee leadership also influenced this decision, with the new chairman believing that further examination was unnecessary given the assessments already conducted.

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