The Delhi Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (DERC) goes to revise energy tariffs within the metropolis by the top of this month, officers within the energy regulator mentioned on Tuesday.
Nonetheless, for the primary time no public listening to can be performed for the method, prompting criticism from resident’s welfare associations who mentioned they might appellate authority.
The ability regulator, which is an impartial and quasi-judicial physique, will even not maintain a press convention to announce the revised tariffs, officers mentioned.
“This yr’s tariff announcement is predicted any time now. At current, the 2 different members of the fee are going via the doc. The brand new tariff construction will probably be uploaded on our web site derc.gov.in
“On account of Covid-19, no press convention, as has been the custom for greater than a decade, will probably be held this yr. The tariff doc will probably be despatched to all media homes through electronic mail,” mentioned SS Chauhan, chairperson DERC.
Numerous RWAs criticised the DERC for utterly disposing of the apply of conducting a public listening to, with some even saying that they might file a petition within the Appellate Tribunal of Electrical energy towards the transfer.
“As an alternative of not holding the listening to in any respect, the fee may have held a video convention over a few days. The DERC is holding a public listening to for different circumstances via video convention, nevertheless it didn’t accomplish that on this case. As soon as the tariffs are introduced, we’ll register a grievance as a result of after looking for feedback via submit or electronic mail, holding a public listening to is obligatory beneath the Electrical energy Act,” mentioned Saurabh Gandhi, secretary of United Residents of Delhi, an umbrella physique of RWAs which is energetic in issues associated to energy in Delhi.
Responding to the criticism, the DERC mentioned to compensate for the general public listening to, the fee this time prolonged the deadline for looking for feedback, options and objections from all stakeholders by over three months. “That is an distinctive time. As a result of pandemic, no giant gathering of greater than 50 folks is allowed. We prolonged the final date of looking for written options and objections from March 20 to June 30,” mentioned a senior DERC official.
As maintaining energy tariffs low has been a key ballot promise of the Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP) authorities, electrical energy fees haven’t been hiked within the capital prior to now 4 years. Senior authorities officers mentioned a rise in tariff is extremely unlikely.
All through the lockdown to curb the unfold of Covid-19, RWAs have demanded a waiver within the fastened fees which can be levied on each electrical energy invoice primarily based on the sanctioned load of a family. “We now have written to the fee as effectively requesting the identical. RTI replies have proven that fastened fees are being collected by numerous discoms, on a complete sanctioned load of 22,876 MW in Delhi. On the similar time, the best ever peak load until date within the Capital has been solely 7,409 MW which isn’t even one-third of the entire sanctioned load and that peak happens for a couple of minutes solely in your complete season,” mentioned BS Vohra, president of East Delhi RWAs joint entrance.
Owing to the pandemic and the lockdown that adopted, the three personal energy distribution corporations this yr have demanded over Rs 2,277 crore greater than final yr’s combination income requirement (ARR).
Mixture Income Requirement means the income required to satisfy the fee pertaining to the licensed enterprise for a monetary yr, which might be permitted to be recovered via tariff and fees by the fee.
In keeping with the petitions of discoms shared by the facility regulator, all three utilities – BSES Yamuna Energy Restricted (BYPL), BSES Rajdhani Energy Restricted (BRPL) and Tata Energy Delhi Distribution Restricted (TPDDL) – collectively have acknowledged an combination income requirement (ARR) of Rs 23,857.37 crore. That they had sought Rs 21,580 crore final yr.
The BRPL has given an ARR of Rs 10,353 crore towards final yr’s Rs 9424 crore, TPDDL has demanded Rs 8510.37 crore (final yr Rs 7,126 crore) and BYPL Rs 4994 crore (Rs 5,030 crore final yr).