Wait for open access for 1 MW and above gets longer in Maharashtra

MERC to form an expert committee to look into all issues for its operationalisation

Wait gets longer for 1 MW and above consumers seeking open access in Maharashtra. The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission ( MERC), which had initiated suo motu proceedings on issues on open access  in the wake of power ministry’s communication of its operationlisation, has now decided to set up a high level committee and submit its report within a year. The committee would comprise representatives of distribution licensees and other experts.

MERC chairman VP Raja told Business Standard: “The committee will study the technical, operational and commercial constraints in the context of implementation of open access, carry out scenario analysis of revenue loss on various discoms in Maharashtra and the corresponding tariff increase  required to mitigate the same. Besides, the committee will recommend road map for implementation of open access as visioned in the power minister’s letter issued in November last year.” Raja informed that in the country at a limited level a wholesale power market has been established  but the retail market is yet to take shape.

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Source: Business Standard

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Executive at India Electron Exchange

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