Delhiites can pick power provider in 2007

New Delhi, Nov 23 | Updated: Nov 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
Come 2007 and the Capital will step into the open access regime, both in transmission and distribution of power. Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has prepared guidelines for the open access system, which would be notified by the Delhi government soon.

According to the Electricity Act, in an open access system, a customer is permitted by the DERC to purchase electricity from a person other than the distribution licensees of his area of supply.

In this system, Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) will not be allowed to trade. DTL will only provide its corridor for the transmission of electricity, which the distribution companies can buy from whichever source they want, said DERC member

R Krishnamurthy.

However, it does not mean that the discoms will not procure electricity from the Delhi government-owned Rajghat and Pragati power stations. According to an understanding reached between the government and the discoms, the discoms will first buy power from state-owned power generating companies and then procure the remaining capacity from other sources.

When contacted, DTL CMD Arun Goyal said, In the open access, DTL will assume a wheeling status. The discoms will be allowed to use our power grids and high-intensity wires. For this they would be required to pay the wheeling charges fixed by the DERC.

At the distribution level, open access will be on the first-come-first serve basis. It will depend on the availability of capacity available. The long term open access customer shall be given priority over his short term counterpart. People consuming power of 5 MW or more can opt for open access from July 2007, and those consuming not more than 1 MW will need to wait till July 2008.

According to the commissions guidelines short term implies availing open access in electricity for a period of one year. And by long term it means one an go for more than five years.

The open access customer shall abide by the state grid code and instructions given by the state transmission utilities and DERC . The complaints regarding all grievances should be made to the DERC , said Mr Krishnamurthy.