Tariff Appraisal Study: Balancing Sustainability and Efficiency with Inclusive Access

Publication | October 2018

This study examines electricity tariffs across South Asia to identify how well they are targeted to support inclusive economic growth.

This paper analyzes how electricity utilities can support inclusive economic growth while remaining financially viable. It examines socially inclusive electricity tariffs in six countries of South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Tariff diversity was analyzed across Indian states: Assam, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu.


  • Introduction
  • Review of Electricity Regulatory Status, Law, and Practice
  • Review of Customer Classification and Tariffs
  • Baseline Tariffs, Subsidies, and Features of Social Inclusion
  • Challenges to Implementation of Preferential Tariffs for On-Grid Supply
  • Efficient Electricity Use and Implications for Tariff Setting
  • Policy and Regulatory Environment for Renewable Energy Development
  • Application of Tariffs and Charges beyond Lifeline Tariffs
  • Lessons for Developing Member Countries on Socially Inclusive Tariffs

Additional Details

  • Energy
  • Governance and public sector management
  • Public financial management
  • Public administration, economic affairs, and policy
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • 62
  • 8.5 x 11
  • WPS179075-2
  • 2313-5867 (print)
  • 2313-5875 (electronic)

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