Electricity regulators in 6 states oppose move to let large consumers choose supplier
Electricity regulators in six states have opposed the move to give large consumers the flexibility to choose their own supplier.
While regulators in Maharashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Tripura have initiated suo motu petitions, industry experts say several other states are expected to follow suit.
In November, the power ministry had conveyed the law ministry’s view to state regulators that power consumers requiring 1 mw or more of energy are deemed ‘open access’ consumers and that the commission has no jurisdiction over tariffs for such users. The government move, which has the backing of large consumers, independent power producers and the Indian Energy Exchange, was met with opposition from power distribution companies. Regulators, too, are opposing the move.