Consumers can submit their views till December 31; public hearings planned across the State
Electricity consumers can submit their suggestions and views in writing to the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) on the tariff revision petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) till December 31.
S. Kabilan, TNERC chairperson, told The Hindu on Friday that the Commission would later decide the dates of public hearing to be held in different parts of the State.
By participating in the public hearings, the consumers would have one more opportunity to express their views on the petition. On December 2, the text of abstract of the tariff petition would be published in leading dailies, the chairperson said.
Earlier, Mr Kabilan chaired a sitting of the Commission, which admitted the petition along with another filed by the Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation (TANTRANSCO).
Both petitions have been hosted on the websites of the TNEB Limited (http://www.tneb.in/) and the TNERC (http://tnerc.tn.nic.in/).
The TANGEDCO has requested the Commission to give effect to the revised tariff from April 1, 2012 or earlier. Its tariff petition has proposed a steep revision, under the broad classification of low tension (LT) consumers, for the categories of domestic consumers, local bodies and places of worship.
In respect of domestic consumers, the lowest rate proposed is Rs. 1.50 per unit (only up to the consumption of 100 units in two months) and the highest rate is Rs. 5.75 per unit (for consumption of 501 units and above). If one consumes 101 units and more in two months, one has to pay a minimum of Rs. 2 per unit even for the consumption of up to 100 units.
In the case of local bodies (public lighting and water supply), there will be no government subsidy. The rate will be flat, which is Rs. 5.50 per unit.
As for places of worship, the element of government subsidy has been proposed to be higher – Rs. 2.50 per unit from Rs. 1.50 for consumption of 120 units bi-monthly.
The energy charges will be Rs. 2.50 per unit. Once the places of worship cross this level, there will be no subsidy and they have to pay Rs. 5 per unit.
In respect of power looms, the government will continue to provide full subsidy for consumption up to 500 units bi-monthly. Though energy charges for huts and agriculturists have been revised, there will be no impact on them as the government will bear the entire burden.
While the separate category of government educational institutions and government-aided educational institutions has not been disturbed, the TANGEDCO has proposed to delink unaided private educational institutions from the category of cinema theatres and cinema studios. For every unit they consume, private educational institutions will pay 50 paise less than cinema theatres and cinema studios.
In the case of industrial units and commercial establishments, the Corporation has done away with the slab system for energy charges and proposed a flat rate of Rs.5.50 per unit and Rs. 7 per unit respectively.
In the case of the other broad classification of high tension consumers, the Corporation has proposed a uniform demand charge of Rs. 300 per KVA per month.
The energy charges will vary from Rs. 3.50 per unit for lift irrigation to Rs. 4.50 per unit for places of worship and government educational institutions and government-aided educational institutions to Rs.5.50 for private unaided educational institutions to Rs. 6.8 per unit for cinema theatres and studios.
(Details of existing and proposed tariff is available at www.thehindu.com)