Advisory panel discusses possible changes to Electricity Act

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 27 2013, 05:47am hrs
The power ministry's advisory body in its meeting on Wednesday discussed key amendments to the Electricity Act 2003 to bring more clarity to investors while helping expedite power distribution reforms in the country.

The group has suggested tightening provisions of the Section 10 of the Act, which have been misused by some states to block export of electricity from private plants outside their boundary. It has been proposed by the committee that provisions relating to grid security be strengthened by the ministry before the country switches to a unified code in January by connecting the southern region to the rest of India.

The panel also suggested amending relevant provisions to allow mandatory performance checks on central and state electricity regulatory commissions to ensure tariff revisions are undertaken by them on a periodic and timely basis.

To make implementation of the Electricity Act more effective, experience gained during last 10 years, amendments needed have been identified and presented. Now the power ministry will further process these requests, former power secretary RV Shahi and convener of the advisory body's sub group on amendments to the Electricity Act and Tariff Policy told FE.

Sudhir Mehta, chairman, Torrent Group, GBS Raju, GMR Group (energy division) chief, Power Grid chairman AM Naik and AS Bakshi, head, central electricity authority were among those present in the meeting chaired by the power minister. The committee was set up by the ministry in February.