• Reliance Energy says no to govt plan for uniform tariff

    Reliance Energy has refused to accept the proposed uniform tariff plan for residential consumers claiming it would cause them loss, energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule said on Tuesday.

    Addressing a press conference at Mantralaya, Bawankule said all other electricity providers — BEST, Tata Power and MahaDiscom — have agreed to a uniform tariff plan.

    “They (Reliance) claim they will suffer a loss of Rs 150 crore if they agree to the tariff plan,” Bawankule said adding that the government would use its special power to make the company agree. The proposal with regard to carrying out an audit of Reliance Energy and Tata Power is now with the law and judiciary department, he said. “Once we have their approval we shall begin the audit,” said Bawankule.

    A Reliance Energy spokesperson said: “Energy tariff determination is a prerogative of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission. Reliance Energy’s views on uniform tariff are consistent with MERC. We are not against implementation of uniform tariff but at the same time, we want to protect the interest of all consumers.”

    In an earlier order, the state electricity regulatory commission noted that “comparison between the category-wise tariffs of different licensees has to be seen in the context of the cost of supply, the consumer mix, consumption mix, current level of cross-subsidy, and other factors”.

    A power expert said that Reliance Energy serves more than 20 lakh residential consumers as compared to BEST which has six to seven lakh and Tata over five lakh, so the proposed uniform tariff plan will affect Reliance the most. Valtteri Filppula Womens Jersey

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