In a bid to end the bane of power outages even at a time of surplus production, the government will bring in a law to penalise distribution companies in the event of their indulging in “gratuitous load-shedding”, Power Minister R.K. Singh said on Thursday.
UDAY: Going To Get Tough For Discoms, Centre May Not Allow Losses Over 15 Pct To Be Passed On To Consumers
To ensure stricter UDAY-target compliance by discoms, the government will mandate via a new law that their losses due to pilferage/theft exceeding 15 percent can’t be considered for tariff determination.
Consumer Shouldn’t Be Asked To Pay For Inefficiencies Of Discoms: RK Singh, Power & Renewable Energy Minister
I believe the technical and commercial losses of the discoms need to come down to below 15%. A paying consumer should not be asked to pay for inefficiencies of the discoms or for the theft.
The Discoms pegged their Annual Revenue Requirement (ARR) for 2018-19 at Rs 33,466 crore and projected total revenue at current tariffs, including non-tariff income of Rs 25,483 crore.
The Central government has today signed 4 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) under the UDAY scheme with Nagaland and 3 Union Territories for operational improvements of discoms (state power distribution companies).
Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has appointed consultants for the “regulatory audit” of the three power distribution companies and NDMC.
The central government is set to hold a two-day brainstorming session with states on big power sector reforms including direct transfer of subsidy and strict laws obligating distribution utilities to provide round-the-clock power and connection portability.
The power discoms in Delhi will be able to purchase 1,000 MW clean electricity by 2019, a major step towards implementing the AAP government’s solar policy.
Unveiling the road map for structural reforms in the power sector, power and new and renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh on Thursday pitched for leveraging the direct benefits transfer (DBT) scheme in the electricity sector for better targeting of subsidies.
Government-run power distributors in India continue to hold the sector “hostage” as there has been little improvement in their operations despite multiple attempts over the years, Vinayak Chatterjee, chairman of Feedback Infra told BloombergQuint in an interview.