Tariff order, 35 open access companies to return to MSEDCL


Nashik: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has got 35 firms, as consumers and decided to draw power for their units

The 35 companies were among 130 firms in the Konkan region of the state power utility and had been buying power from private producers as part of the open access system introduced last year.

What came as a boon for MSEDCL is that the state energy regulator, MERC in November 2016 tariff order allowed it to increase the wheeling charges and duty for consumers buying power from other producers, which use its network to supply to its consumers.

These consumers are known for prompt and huge payments, as they buy power in bulk. The companies had opted for the open access system. It allows the firms to buy power from independent producers located anywhere by paying some duty and the wheeling (carrying) charges to the electricity company.

The officer added out that the tariff provided to them by the independent producers was lower than that of MSEDCL. But the new conditions mean that the companies have to give more as power tariff.

Satish Karpe said that they are reaching out to the companies promising best services. As a result, we are gaining back their confidence. The tariff and other conditions are favourable no doubt, but the company has also improved its services and infrastructure over a period of time.