GETS STAY ON PARALLEL OPERATION CHARGES
Education and Research Society (CERS), Ahmedabad
has succeeded in getting a stay order on the
illegal collection of Parallel Operation Charges
demanded by Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation
Ltd (GETCO). CERS had filed a petition before
Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC)
demanding the stay.
Gujarat Vij Co Ltd (PGVCL) on behalf of GETCO
had issued notices to Industrial Consumers who
had installed their own Captive Power Plants
(CPPs) and opted for standby supply from GETCO.
PGVCL cited a commercial circular that had already
been quashed and set aside by the GERC.
Gujarat Electricity Board (GEB) used to charge
Parallel Operation Charges with the approval
of State Government. But after constitution
of the GERC, all powers related to electricity
matters were transferred to the GERC. GETCO
was thus directed to approach GERC for demand
of Parallel Operation Charges for its approval.
had filed a petition before the GERC that is
yet to be decided. GETCO and PGVCL taking shelter
of mere admission of this petition, compelled
industrial consumers to sign an undertaking
during December 2007. Later GETCO/PGVCL started
issuing notices to such consumers demanding
huge amount as parallel operation charges with
retrospective effect. Many consumers approached
CERS and therefore CERS filed a petition.
GERC has directed GETCO/PGVCL to refrain from
collecting Parallel Operation Charges that is
not yet approved by them and also warned not
to disconnect the supply of such consumers till
the final order is passed.
is shocking that notices are issued by Divisional
Offices under Section 24(1) of Indian Electricity
Act-1910 that has already been repealed after
enactment of the Electricity Act 2003. CERS
has also urged that Electricity Companies should
educate their staff on Electricity Act and the
Rules and Regulations in it.
has also demanded action and penalty under Section
142 of Electricity Act-2003 for illegal issue
of notices and subsequent collection of parallel
operation charges violating GERC Order.
Date : 11 July 2008
Senior Director -CERC
Editor, INSIGHT - The Consumer Magazine