The government has announced to give free 20 units of electricity per month. Earlier, government had been providing free electricity to the consumers consuming up to 10 units.
At present, Nepal is generating 1350 to 1400 MW of electricity and almost 100 MW of electricity is being wasted during the day and 250 MW at night. Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has to decide to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a new promoter to develop hydropower or not.
Government is trying to prevent wastage of energy, and NEA is urging the citizens to consume electricity as much as possible.
The government has stated that customers consuming less than 20 units of electricity per month will not be charged from November 17 (Mangsir 1). However, the procedure for granting the exemption has not been finalized yet.
Similar concessions are being given in rural, agriculture and irrigation sectors. This facility is also applicable to electricity used in tubewells, irrigation lifting. The ministry is ready to give a discount of 50 percent to a maximum of 80 per cent depending on the place and prescribed conditions. During peak hours such discount will be 50 percent and up to 80 percent under normal conditions.