Kerala has written to the Centre to restrict power only from that region for short-term procurement through e-auction for the state because of lack of transmission network in south India , a person close to the development said.
The state government has said as the region lacks connectivity with the rest of India, it wants to procure power from the southern part of the country through the e-auction platform DEEP, or Discovery of Efficient Electricity Price.
"Kerala has written to us that they want to restrict short-term power procurement only to the southern states as poor transmission hampers power flow from rest of the country," the person said. The Centre now plans to map all the generation companies which have registered at the portal for supplying short-term power in order to identify their geographical locations.
"We now need to give region-wise identification to generators. This would require some changes in the software. We will soon seek permission for the same from the relevant authorities," he said. Kerala has already participated in the auction process in May with the lowest price being discovered at Rs 3.14 per unit.
The first e-bidding process through the DEEP Portal for shortterm power procurement has resulted in substantial savings for states such as Uttarakhand, Kerala, Bihar and also for private distribution company Torrent Power.
In April, power minister Piyush Goyal had inaugurated the DEEP portal for procurement of shortterm power by discoms with the objective to introduce uniformity and transparency in power procurement and promote competition in electricity sector.