OERC makes no changes in Retail supply power tariff for 2014-15
The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has decided not to make any change in the Retail Supply Tariff (RST) for the 2014-15 after successive increase in past four years
The Electricity Tariff proceedings for the FY 2014-15 has been completed and notified by the OERC but it could not have been published in view of imposition of Model Code of Conduct by the Election Commission of India.
However, the OERC after the end of General Election in the State including re-polling today, announced that there will be no change in Retail Supply Tariff (RST) in the State for all classes of consumers.
It has remained same as was in 2013-14. Though the DISCOMs have projected higher level of distribution loss of 32.04 per cent, the OERC has considered average distribution loss of 21.38 per cent for determination of RST for consumer of the State.
However, DISCOMs are directed to implement smart metering schemes, Energy Audit, SCADA on pilot basis in their Licence area.
OERC sources said the average Bulk Supply Price (BSP) of GRIDCO has been reduced by about 2 paise per unit in view of the reduction in power purchase cost from the generators as compared to last year. The average BSP is computed at 263.21 paise per unit for the FY 2014-15 as against 265.27 paise per unit in last year.
However, there is an increase in the average generation tariff of OHPC Power Stations (except Chiplima and Indravati) mainly due to increase in operation and maintenance expenditures.
The average generation tariff of all OHPC Stations has been fixed at 83.02 Paise per unit for the FY 2014-15 against 70.77 paise per unit in 2013-14.
The Commission has not approved for purchase of high cost of power from certain Central Thermal Power Stations for State consumption as the low cost power is available from some IPPs inside the State.
However, depending on the commercial viability, GRIDCO may purchase the high cost power and also power available from other sources after meeting the State demand for trading purpose. The revenue earned from such trading would wipe out the past liabilities of GRIDCO.
Similarly,the transmission charges for OPTCL has not been changed for the FY 2014-15. It has been remained same at 25 paise/ unit as was fixed for the last year. The Commission has approved a transmission loss of 3.75 per cent in OPTCL system as against the loss of 3.80 per cent approved last year.
(Posted on 27-04-2014)