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CERC shock for UPPCL

IN A move that created a flutter in the Shakti Bhawan, here, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) today issued a show-cause notice to the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) threatening to slap a fine for continuing to endanger grid safety by overdrawing power from the grid during low frequency despite repeated warnings.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 01:29 IST

IN A move that created a flutter in the Shakti Bhawan, here, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) today issued a show-cause notice to the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) threatening to slap a fine for continuing to endanger grid safety by overdrawing power from the grid during low frequency despite repeated warnings.

The CERC has threatened to impose Rs 1.5 lakh fine on UPPCL chairman and principal secretary (energy), AK Khurana in his personal capacity and Rs 15 lakh on the UPPCL, sources in the Shakti Bhawan said.

The CERC has asked Khurana to give a reply to the notice on May 9, the date fixed for hearing the case filed by the Northern Regional Grid Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC).

The CERC issued the show-cause notice after the NRLDC filed a petition to it complaining about the UPPCL continuing to overdraw electricity from the grid at low frequency even after it was told not to do at a meeting held in Delhi on April 26. Nine States had participated in the meeting called by the NRLDC to discuss the issues related to the grid discipline.

The NRLDC pulled up the UPPCL for indulging in grid indiscipline by overdrawing power from the grid at low frequency at the cost of the safety of the grid.
UPPCL was told not to overdraw power from the northern grid when the grid frequency was 48 hertz or below it. It was told that the Grid Code, which laid down strict guidelines for maintaining grid discipline, was also to come into existence from May 1.  It was followed by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) asking the UPPCL on April 27 to strictly act upon the decision taken at the NRLDC meeting.

However, the UPPCL, which faces a serious demand-supply gap problem, continues to overdraw to the extent of 400-500 MW of electricity every day, ignoring all the warnings. 

Today also it imported over 3,000 MW from the Central sector powerhouses, included around 500 MW overdrawn as demand crossed 7,000 MW with State generation being as low as only 2,000 MW.

As the UPPCL got the show-cause notice from the CERC in the afternoon, Khurana immediately called a meeting of the officials associated with system control wing. He told them to make factual data available to him so that he could prepare a reply to be sent to the CERC.