The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has removed yet another hurdle on the path of Kerala getting transmission corridor for bringing a quantum of previously contracted electricity from Chhattisgarh for the next three years.
Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCL), which manages the power transmission sector, had sought a clarification from the CERC whether it would not be against the regulations governing the allocation of transmission corridors to obey an order it had issued on August 8 this year.
The direction to the PGCIL, in an interim order in a case relating to corridor allocation, was to reconsider an application the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) had submitted in June 2013 for the allocation of corridor to bring 400 MW of electricity from Chhattisgarh under what is called 'medium term open access' (MTOA).
The point on which PGCIL had sought the CERC's clarification was that, as per the regulations, an application for corridor space under MTOA would become ineligible for consideration one year after its submission and, therefore, would it not be against the regulations to consider now in September, 2014, an application received more than a year ago in June, 2013? Corridor space to transmit 208 MW of power to the southern region had fallen vacant in June, 2014, when the KSEB's application was still valid. But it was allotted to a private power generator, who had applied for corridor in May, 2013.
The KSEB's argument was that this was against the regulations since the validity period of the private power generator's application had expired. This argument was upheld by the CERC in its interim order. The CERC, in its order, had also pointed out certain other irregularities in the way the PGCIL had processed the private power generator's application "without proper documents."
Clarifying the PGCIL's doubt, the CERC said "the applications for MTOA made during June 2013 are not being considered by the CTU [Central Transmission Utility—PGCIL] in normal course but in compliance with the directions of the Commission in the order dated 8.8.2014."