No Additional Surcharge For Open Access Consumers in Gujarat

The commission analysed the data submitted by GUVNL and its Discoms, and based on the formula decided, the additional surcharge worked out to Rs NIL/kWh.

Additional Surcharge Open Access

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has in its latest order issued that consumers of four of the state’s discoms will have zero applicable additional surcharge for making use of power through open access in the period between April and September 2019.

The GERC heard a petition filed by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) and its four subsidiary distribution companies, the Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Limited (MGVCL), Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Limited (UGVCL), Paschim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) and Dakshin Gujarat Vij Company Limited (DGVCL), regarding the additional surcharge for the period between April 1, 2019, and September 30, 2019.

The Gujarat commission, through this order, had to decide the applicability of additional surcharge to the open access consumers, a methodology for the computation of the surcharge and the rate of surcharge applicable for the period. The commission had previously issued nine similar orders with the additional surcharge rate for different periods of time between 2014 and 2018.

The commission had decided the formula for determination of additional surcharge in its order dated March 12, 2014, with participation by all the stakeholders. As per the decision of the commission and formula decided in the said order, the additional surcharge for the period April 1, 2019, to September 30, 2019, is to be calculated based on the data for the period from April 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018 submitted by GUVNL and its Distribution companies.

In its review, the commission analysed the data submitted by GUVNL and its Discoms for the said period and based on the formula decided, the additional surcharge worked out to Rs NIL/kWh.

And thus in its order, the commission stated that, “The Additional Surcharge of Rs NIL/kWh shall be applicable to the consumers of MGVCL, UGVCL, PGVCL, and DGVCL who avail power through open access from any source other than their respective DISCOMs and for the open access transactions from April 1, 2019, to September 30, 2019.”

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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