Bulk power consumers in the state can now access power from the power supplier of their choice. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has issued notices to all consumers with load more than one Megawatt (MW), declaring them deemed open access consumers.
The power ministry had issued this notification under the Electricity Act 2003.
These consumers are now out of the purview of power regulator for fixing their power tarrif. These consumers can access power from any supplier in the market and can get into mutual agreements for power rates.
After this notification, the state electricity regulatory commission has no jurisdiction to determine the tariff for such consumers. However, it would continue to fix the wheeling charges and the surcharge under the provision of the Electricity Act.
PSPCL has said that if consumers wanted to take supply from PSPCL from May onwards, then they must inform PSPCL about the quantum (hour KVA) along with daily/ monthly requirement of power with a month's notice.
There are 316 consumers in the state with more than 1 MW load. These consumers are big industries of the state like JCT mill Phagwara, Ambuja cement, steel industries of Mandi Gobingarh and Ludhiana, spinning mills, sugars mills of Phagwara and Dasuya.
PSPCL has said that for continuation of supply, the companies must execute a bilateral deal with the board. After May 1, any withdrawal by these consumers will be considered unauthorized and the board can take action.