Industry meet over power generation & transmission

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New Delhi, Aug 10: Delegates from the Indian power industry met to discuss generation, distribution and transmission of power and the role of private enterprises in augmenting power capacity in the country in an interactive session organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Monday, Aug 10.

Speaking at the event on 'Regulatory Initiatives for Promoting Private Investments in Generation & Transmission', Dr Pramod Deo, Chairman, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) pointed out the initiatives taken by the regulatory body in the past decade.

After pointing out that a paradigm shift took place in 2003 where the Electricity Act provided for delicensed generation of electricity, he drew attention to the fact that states provide for 12 pc to 13 pc free power for the state which was not in sync with the policy and this needs to be fixed soon.

Mr Alok Kumar, Secretary, CERC who made a presentation at the event emphasised that though generation has been delicensed, access to transparent markets with reasonable transmission charges is required.

After saying that the interconnection with states is something that still needs to be addressed, he informed that recently CERC has notified regulations for connectivity, medium term open access and long term open access.

After highlighting that do not require developers to build dedicated transmission line for power plants of 500 MW thermal and 250 MW hydro, irrespective of ownership, he said CERC was now drafting regulations related to include various products of intra day and term ahead nature.

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