CERC Rejects Plea Made by OPTCL for Annual Fixed Charges Against PGCIL

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Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) passed an order In the matter of approval of tariff for inclusion of Transmission Assets in Computation of Point of Connection (PoC) Charges and Losses as per Commission’s order for inclusion in PoC charges amendments in accordance with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission Regulations and amendments.

 Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) filed petition against four respondents which include Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL),Jharkhand State Electricity Board,West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited and GRIDCO Ltd.

OPTCL made the following prayers :To determine the Annual Fixed Charge (AFC) / Yearly Transmission Charge (YTC) in respect of the nine nos. ERPC certified Non-ISTS lines of the Petitioner OPTCL for Tariff period 01.04.2014 to 31.03.2019 in accordance with CERC (Sharing of InterState Transmission Charges and Losses) Regulations, 2014 and Amendments made thereto;),To direct the CTU (PGCIL) and the Implementing Agency (NLDC/POSOCO) to include the AFC/YTC so determined in the PoC Computation and disburse the same to OPTCL after collecting from DICs, To direct refund of the application fees of Rs. 25,73,700/- and pass such other orders, as this Commission deems just and proper in the facts and circumstances of the case.

The petition was heard on 13.2.2020 and the Commission, through RoP, directed the petitioner to submit the various information by 20.3.2020 but OPTCL has not submitted the information sought vide RoP dated 13.2.2020 even after a lapse of more than two months from the due date. Further, OPTCL has not sought any time extension to file the information.

The commission stated that “Not having submitted the required information or having sought any time extension for filing the information even after more than two months have elapsed, demonstrates that either OPTCL is not in a position to furnish the requisite information or is not interested in pursuing the instant petition. Therefore, we dispose of the instant petition”

Concluding the commission said  that “As regards OPTCL’s request to refund the application fees amounting to Rs.25,73,700/-  shall be adjusted towards the application fees to be paid by OPTCL in future”

Recently, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission(CERC) recently rejected the petition filed instant Petition against SECI, MNRE, Power System Operation Corporation Limited AND PGCIL with the following prayers: (a) Allow the present Petition; (b) Direct Power Grid Corporation of India to pre-disclose the Relinquishment Charges payable by the relinquishing entity before acceptance of its formal application seeking relinquishment of open access rights; and (c) Pass such other order(s) that the Commission may deem fit in the interest of equity and justice.

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