Court stays CERC notice on power

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The High Court on Wednesday stayed an order of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) directing Karnataka to put on open access power generated by private producers.

The CERC order meant that private power producers could “export” power from the State to the highest bidder.

The State had on December 17, 2008, asked private power producers, including co-generation units, not to export power but give to the State grid.

When the private power producers brought the State notification to the notice of the CERC, it asked the State to ensure that power generated privately be put on open access system. Aggrieved by the CERC order, the State had moved the High Court.

Interim order

Justice N. Kumar, in an interim order, stayed the CERC order. He also ordered issue of notices to Reliance Power and Renuka Sugars, apart from CERC, and adjourned further hearing of the case.

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