The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (Aptel) has passed an interim order, asking Adani Power to restore and maintain supply of electricity to Haryana’s state utilities, as against the contracted capacity of 1,424 MW, without interruption.
Adani Power cut electricity supply from Mundra-based power plant to Haryana utilities on August 27 citing default in providing an escrow account, just two days after the Supreme Court stayed an earlier orders of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) and Aptel granting it compensatory tariffs for cost inflation attributable to imported coal.
“Since, the Haryana Utilities are not able to supply the power to the consumers at large in the State as a result of which the consumers are said to be suffering; due to the sudden stoppage of supply, Adani Power is directed to comply with this Interim Order forthwith without any delay,” Aptel said in its order.
The order further said that the tribunal is not concerned about deciding on Adani Power’s claim of breach in agreement on part of Haryana discoms with regard to payment of security mechanism at this stage but it is “concerned with the conduct of Adani Power in not informing either before this Tribunal or before the Hon’ble Supreme Court before taking decision to abruptly stop the supply of power to Haryana utilities”.
The generating companies which are involved in supplying electricity to public utilities such as Adani Power cannot be allowed in a regulatory jurisdiction to jeopardize the entire scheme pending hearing in the appeal, the order added.
Haryana power distribution companies pay R300 crore per month on an average to APL for power purchase. Haryana had contracted 1,424 MW of power from APL plant in 2007 from its Mundra-based 4620 MW power plant in Gujarat. Power from APL was contracted at a levelised tariff of R2.94 per unit for 25 years.
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