Electricity Bill Rates and Tariff

When paying for electricity, the rates and tariffs can be quite confusing. From peak demand charges to time-of-use pricing (TOU), understanding electricity billing can be an uphill battle. However, taking the time to interpret the various factors that affect the final amount due can help you save money and better manage your energy usage. Let’s delve deeper into the intricacies of MEPCO online electricity bill rates and tariffs.

Introduction To MEPCO Bill Rates & Tariff

MEPCO’s electricity tariff is the price consumers pay for their energy consumption. This tariff includes various charges such as demand charges, energy supply fees, and other current charges in addition to the current electricity rate. The MEPCO tariff is the total cost of your monthly electricity bill.

The bill rates charged by MEPCO are liable to fluctuate depending on the directives promulgated by the Government of Pakistan through the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). The tariff rates can be affected by various factors, such as changes in fuel prices, power generation costs, and inflation rates.

Contributing Factor To Calculation of Power Tariffs

As per the NEPRA Tariff Standard and Procedure Rules, 1998, the regulatory authority responsible for overseeing the power sector in Pakistan establishes tariffs for companies involved in generating, transmitting, and distributing electricity within the country.

The electricity tariff regarding power generation depends on Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) between power producers, such as Independent Power Producers (IPPs), public Generation Companies and the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), which authorize the calculation of revenue demands of each producer. It is based on following predetermined formula.

  • A charge for installed capacity encompassing expenses related to the development and building of power facilities, the assured equity return, and the interest on debt financing.
  • The energy charge, which pertains to fluctuating expenses, mainly fuel costs (determined by NEPRA’s fuel price benchmark) and operation and maintenance (O&M) expenditures.

Practically, the tariffs that consumers pay for electricity depend on their energy consumption and their load conditions. MEPCO has fixed the electricity tariff by considering various factors for different types of consumers, such as domestic, industrial, commercial, etc. Industrial consumers generally pay higher taxes than domestic consumers due to their higher demand for electricity over extended periods. Several factors determine the electricity tariffs

  • Time of load requirement
  • Type of load
  • Energy consumption
  • Power factor of the load

Tariffs are meticulously computed, depending on the user’s peak demand and power consumption during different times of the day or seasons, known as time-of-use pricing. This pricing strategy encourages consumers to shift their energy consumption to off-peak hours, which helps to reduce the overall cost of energy production and transmission.

MEPCO Unit Rates

Unit Rate is a pricing structure imposed on the consumption of electric energy by various consumers, including domestic, commercial, and industrial. Under this system, consumers are charged based on the number of units (kilowatt-hours) of electricity they consume. This rate is a fixed price per unit of electricity utilized which means that the more energy a consumer uses, the higher their bills will be.

Price of Electricity Per Unit May 2024

Electricity RatesDomestic KWhBusiness KWh

Tariff Rates For MEPCO in 2024

The expenditure associated with electricity production is subjected to various variables, including Maximum Demand, Load Factor, Connected Load, Plant Capacity Fact, Demand Factor, Diversity Factor and Use Factor. The intricacies of these factors hinge on the kind of load and the prevailing load conditions. As a result, tariffs vary across different load types and, consequently, across distinct consumer groups.

General Supply Tariff For Residential Use

According to the NEPRA statement issued in 2022, domestic users are charged a minimum even if they do not consume any energy during a particular month. MEPCO applies the unit rates specified below for these charges in these scenarios.

  •  In the case of single-phase connections, a mandatory monthly fee of Rs.75 is levied.
  •  For 3-phase connections, the corresponding amount stands at Rs. 150.

These charges ensure that MEPCO can maintain the necessary infrastructure and provide an uninterrupted electricity supply to all consumers, regardless of their energy consumption.

Class Uniform Tariff Variable Tariff
50 Units or less4.003.95
1 – 100 Units14.587.78
101 – 200 Units16.4210.04
201 – 300 Units17.5412.17
301 – 700 Units19.0819.59
Above 700 Units20.6222.64
Time of usePeak – 20.28
Off-Peak – 13.11
Peak – 22.66
Off-Peak – 16.34

General Supply Tariff Commercial

According to NEPRA, customers of MEPCO are mandated to pay subsequent monthly fees following commercial tariff A-2, irrespective of whether any energy was consumed during that month.

  •  A fee of Rs. 175/- per customer per month is applicable for single-phase connections.
  • A fee of Rs. 350/- per customer per month is applicable for three-phase connections.
Sanctioned load: Below 5 kW 19.5719.96
sanctioned load: Exceeding 5 kW440.0019.2321.64
TOU: 440.00At Peak hours:21.02
At off peak hours: 13.49
At Peak hours:23.55
At off peak hours: 17.58

Industrial Supply Tariff

MEPCO applies a higher tariff rate for industrial consumers compared to domestic consumers. Industrial consumers typically have a higher electricity demand and require a different supply infrastructure to meet their needs. The latest applied MEPCO tariff reflects these differences in rates.

  • B1 subscribers are obliged to pay a minimum charge of Rs. 350/- every month
  • B2 subscribers are mandated to pay a minimum of Rs. 2000/- per month.
  • B3 subscribers are subjected to a charge of 50,000 PKR per month
  • B4 subscribers are obligated to pay a considerably higher fixed minimum cost of 500,000 PKR per month.
ClassFixed Charges Uniform Charges Variable Charges
B1-bAt Peak hours – 21.18
At off-Peak hours – 13.42
At Peak hours – 20.78
At off-Peak hours – 15.24
B2-b440.00At Peak hours – 20.96
At off-Peak hours – 13.51
At Peak hours – 20.74
At off-Peak hours – 15.03
B3420.00At Peak hours – 21.12
At off-Peak hours – 12.64
At Peak hours – 20.74
At off-Peak hours – 14.96
B4400.00 At Peak hours – 20.94 At off-Peak hours – 12.98At Peak hours – 20.74
At off-Peak hours – 14.86

Single Point Supply Tariff

Single point supply tariff is a pricing structure in which electricity is supplied to a single point of delivery, and it requires an electrical supply for the motor voltage and a 120V supply for the contacts. Its tariff rates are computed in the following manner:

ClassUniform ChargesVariable Charges 
C-1 (400/230 volts power supply)      
C-1-a: For sanctioned load less than 5KW24.3720.64
C-1-b: Where  sanctioned load ranges from 5.0kW to 500kW21.3220.12
C-2-a:  Power Supply:1133 kV Sanctioned load: 5000kW17.0419.94
C-3-a: Power Supply up to  or exceeding 66 kV Sanctioned load :5000kW15-1219.84
C-1-c:Energy supply of 400/230 volts , Sanctioned load:5KW to 500 kW At Peak hours: 22.45At off-peak hours: 15.00At Peak hours: 23.56 At off-peak hours: 16.96
C-2-b: Power supply of 1133 kV with Sanctioned load of 5000 kWAt Peak hours: 20.41 At off-peak hours: 12.88At Peak hours: 23.55 At off-peak hours: 16.73
C-3-b: Power supply=66 kV or above supply Sanctioned load = Exceeding 5000 kWAt Peak hours: 19.51 At off-peak hours: 11.67At Peak hours: 23.56 At off-peak hours: 16.64

Agriculture Tariff for Energy Consumers

Agriculture Tariff for Energy Consumers

Each agricultural consumer under MEPCO is subjected to a minimum monthly tariff of Rs. 2000, as mandated by NEPRA. This minimum tariff is applied even if the consumer consumes no energy during that month.

ClassUniform ChargesVariable Charges
D-1 (a): For SCARP, power supply below 5 kW22.9317.64
D-2 (a): Field tube wells17.647.31
D-1 (b): For SCARP, power supply of 5 KW or aboveAt Peak hours: 23.78 At off-peak hours: 14.24At Peak hours: 20.56 At off-peak hours: 13.31
D-2 (b): Sanctioned load up to or exceeding 5 kWAt Peak hours: 21.45  At off-peak hours: 13.05At Peak hours :7.32 At off-peak hours: 7.31

Temporary Supply Tariff

ClassUniform ChargesVariable Charges
E-1-a: Domestic Purposes21.7422.78
E-1-b: Commercial utilization19.2420.35
E-2-b: Industrial utilization18.3718.32

Seasonal Industrial Supply Tariff

National Electric Power Regulatory Authority allows seasonal consumers to switch to the regular tariff. Consumers can take advantage of this option at the beginning of each seasonal period and enjoy the benefits of this perk for up to one year. This advantage gives consumers greater flexibility to choose the tariff that best suits their needs while ensuring they are charged fairly and transparently for their energy consumption.

Public Lighting

MEPCO requires consumers in Multan to pay a tariff of Rs. 500 per kW according to the capacity of installed lamps monthly. This tariff applies to public lighting and is classified as the G tariff.

ClassUniform ChargesVariable Charges
Public lighting19.0120.64

Residential Areas in Industrial locations

ClassUniform ChargesVariable Charges
Public lighting19.0120.64

MEPCO Withholding Tax

An electricity withholding tax statement is a document that shows the amount of tax withheld from electricity payments made to an electricity supplier. Consumers are being charged varying tax rates based on the applicable tariff and the amount of their electricity bill.

 As long as domestic electricity consumers are included in the Active Taxpayers List (ATL), they are exempted from withholding tax. The collection of withholding tax on electricity consumption is the responsibility of the FBR as per Section 235 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001. For bills with a gross amount ranging from Rs. 500 to Rs. 20,000, the applicable withholding tax rate is 10%.


In conclusion, electricity bill tariffs and bill rates are important factors determining our electricity bills’ cost. Understanding these tariffs and rates can help customers make informed decisions about their electricity usage and choose the most cost-effective options. It is also important to be aware of any taxes and charges added to our bills and to take steps to reduce our overall electricity consumption. Doing so can help reduce our energy costs and minimize its detrimental impacts on the environment.

In Pakistan, the cost of a single unit of MEPCO electricity is 24.95 Rs.

The QTR, a quarterly tariff adjustment, is a recurring fee that customers are required to pay every three months.