CHANDIGARH:All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) urged the Chief Minister of Punjab to order the management of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to
immediately submit petitions to the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) under Article 86 of the Electricity Law of 2003 for a re-determination of tariffs in accordance with the adopted bills in Punjab Vidhan Sabha without waiting for governor’s approval. before December 10, 2021.
VK spokesman Gupta said on Monday that the Federation wrote a letter to Charanjit Singh Channi’s chief minister congratulating him for taking bold steps to publish the white paper and the bills and being passed by an overwhelming majority.
It is surprising that the management of PSPCL did not submit these petitions which could earn them and the people of the Punjab thousands of crore rupees.
The Federation wrote that the government’s honest intentions to bring down
the tariff by the above bold steps will be defeated by vested interests arguing that until the aforementioned bills become law, such petitions cannot be filed.
AIPEF asks the chief ministers of other states to follow the measures taken by
the Chief Minister of Punjab and save electricity consumers from electricity overload by production companies. These laws must be specific to the state. In states where consumers are unduly burdened by the “deemed generation clause” of PPAs signed in the past with thermal power plants, the new law could extend to these PPAs as well.
VK Gupta said that according to the Punjab ruling, other states should also assert their authority under the constitution and enact laws that preserve their autonomy in order to protect the interests of electricity consumers. These laws must be specific to each state. In states where consumers are unduly burdened by the “deemed generation clause” of PPAs signed in the past with thermal power plants, the new law could extend to these PPAs as well.
AIPEF demanded that those responsible for the mishap of bringing Punjab consumers into the trap of excessive fees of Rs. 1000 crore per year be brought to justice through a vigilante group-assisted investigation. experts of honest electrical engineers who understand
details of the electricity sector and laws relating to this sector.