OERC move to make power tariff industry-friendly

Bhubaneswar, March 23 | Updated: Mar 24 2005, 06:40am hrs
The power tariff for the 2005-06 in Orissa appears to be industry-friendly. The Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has made an attempt to give incentives to promotion of industry in the state in its retail supply tariff order for 2005-06.

The tariff order, with a view to encouraging the establishment of new industries, has offered a discount at the rate of 25% for contract demand of 5 MVA and above in the first slab from April 1, this year.

This discount, however, is subject to the condition that they operate at a guaranteed load factor (LF) @ 80%. Mini steel plants operating at a guaranteed LF of 80% will also avail 20% discount in the first slab.

Fabrication units, agro industries, cold storage and IT industries will be covered under the industrial category while hotel units and BSNL will be able to avail the facility of off-peak tariff.

As an incentive to curb pilferage of power, voluntary declaration of unauthorised use will lead to immediate regularisation as consumers without penalty.

Under the new tariff regime, the extra high tension (EHT) and high tension (HT) consumers, covered under Special Agreement will now get a discount of 25% on the energy charges in the first slab of existing tariff provided they fulfil the various conditions with an overall charge not exceeding 230 paise per unit. Incentive tariff for HT and EHT will continue as before for consumers with a higher level of consumption.