Moonis Alvi, K-Electric’s chief executive officer, said that the load-shedding being resorted to in the metropolis is in line with the National Power Policy 2013 and happening only on account of power theft.
He said, “Even in areas with extremely high levels of power theft, cumulative load shed hours do not exceed eight hours.” He also shared that the load-shedding schedules are being uploaded to the KE website daily and SMS sent to all registered customers.
Talking about tripping outages or incidents, he informed that these faults often occur due to weather or environmental conditions, and they all were rectified on priority despite COVID-19.
Satisfying the current fallouts and current situation, he informed that they are making efforts to provide relief from late-night hours to its residential customers, managing load via industrial load-shedding.
Clearing the existing “misconceptions” about billing, he said that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) set the power tariff of all power distribution companies. KE could not make any modifications to it.
Asking about underutilizing its generation on furnace oil to reduce costs, he denied and informed that the fuel costs are passed through in line with the Nepra approved mechanism. Hence, it makes no difference to K-Electric what fuel is to be used to generate power at the plants.
Mr. Alvi also said that to benefit Karachi-based customers; further, KE’s future plants, utilizing lower-cost fuels, will be efficient, sufficient, and “more affordable.”
Informing about the federal government’s commitment to expediting infrastructure upgrades at the national grid, Mr. Alvi said that they would be provided a 300MW additional power in 2021, a further 400MW in 2022, and 800MW in 2023.