Gujarat Discoms Tariff, wheeling & distribution charges & losses for FY 19-20 announced

The distribution companies of Gujarat along with the state-owned Generation & transmission utilities filed petitions to determine the tariffs, wheeling charges & distribution losses for the FY 2019-2020. The Key highlights from the order are as follow:

  • There has been no increase in the power tariff for the consumers of State-owned Discoms and Torrent Power Limited (Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and Surat area)
  • The number of slabs in Residential Tariff is reduced from 5 to 4 so as to simplify the present structure.

The Slab of 100- 200 units and 200-250 units are merged into one slab of 100-250 units. Due to this, there will be a reduction of 10 Paise/unit in energy charge for the consumption falling under the earlier slab of 200-250 units; This change also carried out for the consumers of Torrent Power Limited- Surat area along with all the other discoms in Gujarat.

  • The benefit of Optional Demand Based Tariff extended to small consumers up to 6 kW of contract demand.

Wheeling charges, losses, distribution losses & Cross Subsidy Surcharges

The wheeling charges for four discoms (UGVCL, PGVCL, DGCVL, MGVCL) for FY 19-20 applicable to GENCOs or captive power plants permitted for Open Access under the electricity act, 2003 are as follows:

Distribution losses for HT & LT network are 10% & 5.05% respectively. In case the injection is at 11kV & drawal is at LT level, in that case, loss of 12.75% is to be applied at the 11kV injection network.

*Tariff Policy, 2016 provides that the surcharge shall not exceed 20% of the tariff applicable to the category of the consumers seeking Open Access.

Charges for Torrent (Ahmedabad & Surat)

 

KERC hikes power tariff for FY15

Cost of buying electricity from DISCOMs has become costlier for the Commercial & Industrial consumers in the state of Karnataka. Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has approved a new tariff for supply of electricity in FY 2014-15. Average increase in tariff is 32 paisa against the 66 paisa increase sought by ESCOMs, tariff increase is ranging from 10 paise to 50 paise per unit for different categories of consumers and is applicable from 1st May 2014. 

Increase in Industrial Tariff:

Industrial consumers will now have to pay extra 35-40 paise per unit of electricity consumed by them.

 

HT-2(a) Voltage level

Paise/unit

HT level-11 kV/33kV

7

66 kV & above

42

New opportunities have opened up for those industrial consumers availing or seeking open access, as cross subsidy(CSS) has been reduced, which makes the  purchase of power from Independent power producers(IPP, Bilateral contracts) and power exchange(PXs, Bidding for power) more viable option for the consumers giving savings from 20 paise to 50 paise per unit.

Increase in Commercial Tariff:

Commercial consumers comprising of hotels, malls, commercial buildings etc. have to pay extra 40 paisa per unit consumed by them. Commercial consumers are the highest paying consumers and this increase in the tariff is expected to impact them badly.

 

HT-2(b) Voltage level

Paise/unit

HT level-11 kV/33kV

138

66 kV & above

173

Being the highest paying consumers, the saving potential for the commercial consumers is high. Sourcing power under open access from IPPs and PXs seems more viable options after decrease in the CSS. Group captive arrangement will still remain most viable option for the commercial consumers where saving potential is up to Rs 1.00 per unit.

 Open Access Charges:

KERC has also defined open access charges applicable for the FY 2014-15.

Losses:

Wheeling loss 4.04% and transmission loss 3.81% defined for HT consumers

Charges:

Transmission tariff of Rs. 98324/- MW/Month as against the existing tariff of Rs.95442 per MW approved for 2013-14

Wheeling charge:

Wheeling and Banking for Renewable Energy Sources:

RE generators wheeling energy to the consumers in the State have existing Wheeling (5 %) and Banking charges (2 %) which is going to continue up to 30.06.2014 or till further orders from commission.

In a nut-shell –

  1. Hike in tariff will lead to more consumers eying for open access.
  2. With CSS going down, cost of availing OA will come down. Again an added advantage for consumers to opt for OA.

Contributed by – Rahul Tyagi

KERC order on Wheeling and Banking charges for RE generators

Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission through an order dated 9th Oct 2013 has decided to extend the validity of order (dt – 11.07.2008) till end of current financial year, which was previously mandated to be valid only till 10th July 2013. The key points in this order are the following:

1) The wheeling charges and banking charges will continue to be 5% of the injected energy and 2% respectively along with additional UI charges between the time of injection and time of drawal.

2) Captive consumers of the state wanting to avail the benefits under the REC scheme will have to pay normal transmission, wheeling and banking charges.  

Normal wheeling charges –

For HT network –  9.85 paise per unit

For LT network – 22.99 paise per unit.

 3) Captive generators will be allowed to bank the excess energy, accounting of which will be done on monthly basis (instead of annual basis).

4) Excess energy (if any) with the distribution licensee, at the end of the month, shall be paid by the DISCOM (in whose generator is plant is situated) at the APPC rate. Currently, the APPC rate is 3.07 Rs per unit.

5) The commission will shortly issue a separate format of wheeling/banking agreement for RE generators willing to participate in REC mechanism.

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