• DERC seeks opinion on revising charges for migrating customers

    In the draft order issued this week for consumers opting for open access, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has modified various charges. These include subsidy charge, wheeling and transmission charges, and additional surcharge.

    This revision will benefit those who wish to source power from another distribution utility than those operating in their jurisdiction.

    Consumers, discoms and expert bodies have been asked to submit their suggestions on the draft by January 20.

    The draft aims to ensure that low-end consumers do not get burdened with higher tariff on account of high-end consumers opting out of their network. Hence, all those opting out would be paying some charges to the home discom for crosssubsidising domestic consumers.

    The charges payable to Delhi discoms differ as per category and the discom. For Tata Power Delhi, industrial consumers will pay approximately 165 paise/unit, DMRC 136 paise/unit and domestic consumers 5-11 paise/unit as cross subsidy charges.

    For BRPL, the charges are about 166 paise/unit for industrial consumers, while DIAL and DJB would pay about 166-183 paise/unit. Industrial consumers under BYPL have to pay up to 175 paise /unit, non-domestic 199 paise /unit and DMRC and DJB up to 187 paise/ unit.

    The order also mentions various unresolved issues that have not been addressed in previous orders, including, revision of 1MW cap for open access, provision for seeking open access for varied quantum during the day, lack of provisions to provide compensation to consumers who are unable to draw power due to failure of distribution network and no provision for imposing penalty on violators.

    For the period an open access customer does not have supply, distributors will have to compensate him at the lowest average rate he pays for that period. DERC also makes it clear that a discom can’t resort to load shedding of its existing consumers to provide the migrated ones.

    As per the national tariff policy, open access has to be encouraged to bring more competition in the power sector and end monopoly of the private discoms. The computation of crosssubsidy surcharge needs to be done in a manner that while it compensates the distribution licensee, it does not constrain competition through open access. Justin Abdelkader Womens Jersey

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