Even though the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has rejected the power tariff hike proposal submitted by the UT power department for 2015-16, the panel has suggested various ways to keep a check on losses and generate revenue.
Meanwhile, there is no change in the tariff plan till march 31, 2016. The commission has recommended removal of the service charge but has suggested introduction of fixed charges of Rs 20 for residential buildings. The fixed charges, already being levied from the commercial buildings, has been increased from Rs 30 to Rs 100. The approval to levy the fixed charge has been given to improve the power infrastructure in the city having around 2 lakh consumers.
Pulling up the department on various issues, the regulatory commission has asked it to provide proper training to field staff and ensure their safety.
As per the fresh directives for 2015-16, the panel has directed the UT to procure telescopic ladders, safety harnesses, helmets with headlights, hand gloves, auto lift platforms and other similar equipment for the staff ’s safety. The department has also been told to ensure sub-contractors also provide safety equipment to their workers. The field staff should at least be given proper training once a year, the recommendation states, adding their equipment should also be in
good condition to provide uninterrupted service to consumers.
To make consumers aware about the power regulatory process and use of solar power, the department has been asked to strengthen the consumer grievance redressal forum by publicising it such as giving the contact details behind the power bill.
Apart from directing it to buy light sensor switches and LED lights, the department has been told to ensure all streetlights and lights in parks are switched off during the day, and till the time switches are procured, the staff will have to ensure lights are off during the day. It will save electricity and keep a check on the losses.
The commission has reiterated its direction to conduct a detailed study on demand side management and energy conservation through an external accredited agency for efficient use of electricity.
‘FILE PETITIONS IN TIME’
Pulling it up for not filling petitions in time, the department has been asked to file the aggregate revenue requirement (ARR) and tariff petitions latest by November 30, 2015.
INSUFFICIENT DETAILS IN MULTI-YEAR TARIFF PROPOSAL
The commission has pointed the multi-year tariff proposal sent by the department could not be sanctioned due to insufficient details.
The supporting data such as cost benefit analysis of each scheme, financing plan and the loss reduction trajectory have not been adequately framed. It has been directed to submit the revised plan for 2016-17 to 201819, along with requisite details, by July 31.
No further extension will be given as the multi-tariff petition will be required to be prepared only after approval of the business plan. The multi-tariff petition submission deadline is November 30.