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Consumer responses to power problems

The time may have come for Puneites to take the next step in trying to bridge the increasing demand-supply gap in power and enter into a direct contract with a power company...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
April 28, 2009 1:20:06 am

Tie up directly with supplier,suggests exchange chief

The time may have come for Puneites to take the next step in trying to bridge the increasing demand-supply gap in power and enter into a direct contract with a power company,Jayant Deo,CEO of the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX),told The Indian Express in Pune on Monday. It was unfortunate that upcoming metros like Pune had to worry about load-shedding and reliability of power supply,he said.

Maharashtra has not been able to buy too much from the exchange. The major buyers continue to be the southern states with purchases of 12,000-13,000 megawatt hours a day.

This has rendered players like Tata Power Company (TPC) incapable of bringing in more power as they have a purchase ceiling of Rs 8.40 per unit,as per the agreement with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) that expires on May 31. Present rates at the IEX range between Rs 10.5 and Rs 16 per unit.

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The demand was at its highest on Monday at 14,600 MW with the MSEDCL being able to supply only 10,000 MW. In Pune,the situation has been grim for two weeks as TPC has been unable to buy from the IEX.

Deo also called for implementation of Section 86 (1) A of the Electricity Act,2003,where open access has been permitted to a category of consumers. The state electricity commission can determine the wheeling (using of MSEDCL wires) charges and surcharge. These consumers can directly buy power from the exchange,he said.

Ajoy Mehta,managing director of MSEDCL,said various load-shedding protocols are being followed in the state and will be maintained.

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