CERC Orders PGCIL To Submit Transmission Charges On Monthly Basis

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Central Electricity Regulatory Commission passed an order In the matter of determination of Transmission Tariff from FY 2014-15 to FY 2018-19 of the Transmission Lines belonging to the Petitioner (CSPTCL) conveying electricity as ISTS lines, for inclusion of these assets in computation of Point of Connection, Transmission Charges and Losses in accordance with the CERC (Terms & Conditions of Tariff) Regulations 2014 and (Sharing of Inter-State Transmission Charges and Losses), Regulations, 2010.

Chhattisgarh State Power Transmission Company Ltd  (“CSPTCL”) has filed the instant petition against Power Grid Corporation of India Limited for approval of the transmission tariff of the following transmission lines namely: (1) Kotmikala- Amarkantak-1, 220 kV Line (2) Kotmikala- Amarkantak-2, 220 kV Line (3) Raigarh-Budhipadar, 220 kV Line (4) Korba-Budhipadar, 220 kV Line (5) Seoni- Bhilai 400 kV Line against Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).

The commission states that , on the basis of WRPC certification for transmission lines and keeping in view the jurisdiction of previous orders and the details of COD, line lengths in km claimed and that considered for tariff purpose is as under:

CSPTCL has claimed transmission tariff for five inter-State transmission lines for the 2014-19 tariff period. Hence commission had directed the owners/ developers of the inter-State transmission lines of 132 kV and above in North Eastern Region and 220 kV and above in Northern, Eastern, Western and Southern regions to file petitions under the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions of Tariff) Regulations, 2009 for including their transmission assets in computation of Point of Connection transmission charges and losses under the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Sharing of inter-State Transmission Charges and Losses) Regulations, 2010. 

Some of the owners/ developers of these lines had filed tariff petitions and accordingly, tariff was allowed for the period from 2011-12 to 2013-14. Further, the owners/ developers of these lines were directed to file petitions for determination of tariff for the 2014-19 tariff period.

Commision has observed that “All  5 assets have already completed twenty five years as on 1.4.2014. Therefore, only “Interest on Working Capital” and “O & M Expenses” components of tariff shall be allowable for these 5 assets.

The order states that “The petitioner has sought reimbursement of expenditure by beneficiaries towards petition fee, and other expenses in relation to filing of Petition. The petitioner shall be entitled for reimbursement of the filing fees and publication expenses in connection with the present petition, directly from the beneficiaries on pro-rata basis in accordance with clause (1) of Regulation 52 of the 2014 Tariff Regulations.”

In regards to sharing of transmission charges the commission stated that, The transmission charges shall be recovered on monthly basis  and shall be shared by the beneficiaries and long term transmission customers in Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Sharing of Inter State Transmission Charges and Losses) Regulations, 2010 as amended from time to time. Further, the transmission charges allowed in this order shall be adjusted against the ARR approved by the CSERC.”

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