Do your homework first: UPERC
PCL plea against peak-hour AC users quashed
THE UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) on Saturday directed the UPPCL to submit a detailed proposal for regulation of power supply and consumption for all the categories for its approval.
The Commission issued the directives while dismissing the UPPCL’s review petitions seeking to raise the limit of fine and disconnection of power supply of the consumers found violating restrictions on use of air-conditioners between 4 pm and 8 pm.
The Commission asked the licensee/UPPCL to first implement its order on restrictions on use of AC and neo-signs etc, with the change that the restriction on using electricity on signboards, hoardings, and neon signs shall be made from 6 pm to 6 am. The Commission also said that such a restriction should not limited to the hoardings/ boards/neon signs underLMV-2 category (domestic) only but it should be made applicable on hoardings/boards/neon signs of all the categories.
The Commission directed the UPPCL to formulate a comprehensive scheme for rostering/curtailment of power covering all category of consumers based on their load profile and nature of load, and put it up for the approval of the Commission.
The scheme, said the Commission, must ensure that, in accordance with the standing directions of the Commission issued in the last two tariff orders, areas having lower AT&C (Aggregate Technical and Commercial) losses got power for larger number of hours as compared to the areas with higher AT&C losses.
The UPPLC had filed two review petitions. The first petition had sought increase in the fine limit to 100 times, that is from Rs 50, Rs 100 and Rs 150 to Rs 5000, Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000, respectively, for violation of restrictions on AC use by the domestic consumers, power employees and the Government and non-Government buildings, respectively.
Under the second petition filed on the behalf of the State Government under Section 108 of Electricity Act, 2003, directed the Commission to provide for disconnection of power supply for 2 days in case of first violation of the AC restriction orders and disconnection of 7 periods in case of any subsequent violation.
The Commission in its order said that as for disconnection, it could not give any approval for this as the Commission did have any such power under the Act. The Commission, it said, felt that disconnection could be made only in case of non-payment of bills. About the second review petition seeking 100 per cent hike the fine, the Commission said the proposal was irrational. Any penalty, observed, should be in proportion to the offence. It said proposed heavy penalty had the potential of its misuse and leading to the harassment of the consumers. The Commission advised the UPPCL to first implement Commission’s orders issued on the latter’s request for restricting the use of ACs and then come to it if there was any problem after its implementation.