Power Minister Hopeful New Tariff Policy Will be Cleared Soon

A new power tariff policy with a focus on empowering the consumer has been sent to the Union Cabinet for approval and it is expected to be passed soon

New Power Tariff Policy

A new power tariff policy with a focus on empowering the consumer has been sent to the Union Cabinet for approval and it is expected to be passed soon, Power Minister RK Singh said.

The new power tariff policy is a path breaking one, Singh said, adding it has gone to the Cabinet and hopefully it would be passed quickly.

“In that, I am laying down for the first time in the power sector, a Bill of Rights of Consumers,” he said.

The rights include 24X7 power supply to consumers and in case of any load-shedding, a penalty would be levied on distribution companies (Discoms) and credited into consumers account, Singh told reporters here.

If there was any disruption in supply–transformer going off etc it has to be attended within a certain timeframe which would be laid down by the regulator and if not attended within that time, then again penalty would be levied, Singh said.

He said the discoms cannot pass on the burden of their inefficiency (on the consumers).

“Like if the discom is making higher losses then it cannot increase the tariff. We are saying that losses of only up to 15 percent can be passed into the tariff. We are also coming out with a system where by you (consumer) can choose your supplier.”

On the row over renewable power tariffs in Andhra Pradesh, Singh said “what happened was unfortunate. I spoke and wrote to Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy.”

“Our sector specially in the renewables is mostly driven by foreign investments. Our stand is very clear that if you (Andhra Pradesh government) come across any illegality and if there is any concrete evidence of any illegality, then you take action as per law. But you cannot (do it) across the board without any material (to) re-open all contracts…you can’t do that.”

On reports of “Over Rs 2,000 crore dues from discoms to renewable companies,” Singh said, “I have had a discussion with the state government and I am confident they will pay.”

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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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