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Shree Cement Seeks Amendment In Rajasthan’s Open Access Regulation

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Rajasthan based renowned cement manufacturing company, Shree cement has captive generating plants (CPPs) having capacity of 310MW at Beawar/RAS connected with Rajasthan Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (RVPNL) system at RAS through 220KV LILO at Beawar-Jethana line. Shree cement is availing medium term open access (MTOA) and short term open access (STOA) facility for wheeling of power from RAS to its grinding units situated at Jobner, Khushkhera and Suratgarh.

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On 13.10.2020, Shree cement filed a petition to Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERCL) for amendments of the following clauses under RERC’s 2016 open access regulation.

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a. As per clause 11(5) of RERCL open access regulation 2016, start date of the medium term open access (MTOA) shall not be earlier than five months from the last day of the month in which application was made in line with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) regulation. But in the case of intra-state open access transaction, one month time is enough to start MTOA start date as generator and consumers are connected through intra-state system in same state.

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b. As per CERC’s deviation settlement mechanism (DSM) regulation 2014, any under injection with respect to the schedule power approved by SLDC by an open access consumer will be settled at higher deviation rate. In RERCL’s case, energy charges for under drawal is of INR 13.28/Kwh which results in high penalty for generators. This comes too hefty figure when compared to over-injection DSM rate. Accordingly, shree cement asking for amendment in clause 21(i) of RERCL’s open access regulation, 2016 to bring in uniformity in over and under injection DSM penalty rate.

In response of the petition, respondents were

  • i. Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd.
  • ii. Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd.
  • iii. Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd.
  • iv. State Load Dispatch Center.

After having petitioner’s appeal and respondents reply commission comes to the following conclusion :

Commission observed that shree cement seeking amendment in RERC open access regulation, 2016 under clause 11(5) and 21(i), 21(iii). But any amendment in RERC regulation could be done after following the due procedure as per electricity act, 2003. Thus commission has noted the suggestions of the petitioner’s amendment of OA regulation can be done as and when commission initiates the process for amendment in the matter. As of now commission would treat the proposal of petitioner as a suggestion or input.

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