Tata Power (TPC) has filed a petition with the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory
Commission (MERC) against the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company''s
(Maha Discom''s) move seeking the regulator''s help to recover around Rs 80 crore
Discom earlier on Tuesday, claimed that TPC owed this amount for the net energy
drawn by the state-owned distribution utility. In a letter to MERC, Maha Discom
had urged the regulator to direct TPC to immediately pay up the outstanding amount
for January and February with an interest of 18 pc per annum.
sources said Maha Discom''s move was against the interest of Mumbai consumers who
would be paying higher charges, when they are already paying for standby power
for over several decades as reliable charges approved by MERC.
has a standby agreement with MSEB to supply uninterrupted power to the consumers
Mumbai in case of any shortfall / shutdown / outage at the generating units.
Power can draw power from MSEB to fulfill the required deficit
and is expected to charge Rs2.99 and fuel adjustment charges per unit for power
drawn as standby.
sources said Maha Discom has raised a bill on Tata Power with a per unit cost
of Rs6 for January and February 2007.