The draft amendment to the National Tariff Policy, 2016, released by the power ministry on Wednesday proposed to introduce a penalty mechanism for gratuitous load-shedding by electricity distribution companies (discoms), capping cross subsidies at 20% of the power supply cost and compute tariffs assuming aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses of 15%. The ministry would await stakeholders’ comments on the proposed amendments till June 20. The draft also said that regulators should not take into account the subsidy component disbursed by the states while calculating tariffs and if state governments decide to subsidise certain consumer categories, it has to be done solely through direct benefit transfer (DBT) mechanism.
“In case of power cuts other than in force majeure conditions or technical faults an appropriate penalty, as determined by the state electricity regulatory commission shall be levied on the distribution company and credited to the account of the respective consumers. Read More
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