New Delhi: Delhiities will have to pay more for consuming power as the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has announced five percent hike in tariff for next three months (February, March and April) to adjust the power purchase cost of the distribution companies.

The decision had already come into effect from February 01 midnight.

Earlier, the DERC on September 01 had revised the power tariff and had approved tariff hike of 22 percent.

According to DERC, power supply companies BRPL, BYPL and NDPL had requested an introduction of quarterly fuel price adjustment surcharge for October – December 2011 quarter.

While NDPL had requested an increase in tariff by 9.12 percent, BRPL and BYPL had sought an increase in tariff by 10.75 percent and 12.43 percent respectively, citing increase in power purchase cost due to hike in fuel prices like coal and natural gas.

The DERC said, “The power generation companies usually pass on the hike in fuel cost to its buyers which results in increase in power purchase cost thus, the commission has announced to increase five percent hike in tariff.”