Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) will issue, in a day or two, its order on the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board’s (TNEB) proposal of levying reliability charges on a section of high tension (HT) consumers.

This was stated by S. Kabilan, Chairman, TNERC, at the end of a three-hour-long public hearing held in the city on Wednesday.

Earlier, representatives of the industry discussed the merits and demerits of the TNEB’s proposal. According to the proposal, the ‘reliability charge’ not exceeding Rs.7 per unit for HT consumers would be levied for availing additional power in lieu of 20 per cent power cut and peak hour restrictions from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

J. Thulsidharan, chairman, Southern India Mill’s Association, Coimbatore, requested the TNERC to ensure that TNEB should not quote this measure as a precedent in future. Most of the participants at the meeting wanted to know whether the price of Rs.7 per unit was inclusive of all charges, including the demand charges and the procedure of metering the additional power consumption. They also wanted subsidies for purchase of diesel and generators.C.P. Singh, Chairman, TNEB, said that at present, the board was facing power deficit of 1,200 MW per day.He clarified that the price fixed at Rs.7 per unit was inclusive of all charges, including demand, billing and transmission charges.

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