Delhi discoms - BSES Rajdhani, Yamuna and Tata Power Delhi - have taken their plea over surrendering of "costly" power to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC). They have filed separate petitions saying they had more than sufficient electricity to serve Delhi consumers till financial year 2019-20.
The discoms also said that scheduling power from these plants was taking a toll on their financial health. This is detrimental at a time when the state regulator, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), was pushing them to bring down costs. The next hearing on the issue is scheduled to be held on January 15, sources said.
The petition by Tata Power Delhi has made a case to surrender all power from NTPC, NHPC and Delhi government plants. The discom said several attempts were made with the Union ministry of power to surrender this electricity, but it did not yield any results.
"Tata Power Delhi has significant surplus power due to availability from various sources. As a result, we have to pay the entire fixed cost of the generating station without being able to utilise the entire quantum. The reallocation of power from these plants to needy states would help in optimum utilisation," says the petition.
In 2015, Delhi government had supported the demand of discoms with power minister Satyendar Jain writing to Union power minister Piyush Goel. The Centre is yet to respond, said sources.
Plants from which the discoms propose to surrender power include Dadri, Badarpur, Auraiya, Anta, Aravalli, Koldam, Dulhasti, Chamera, Parwati and Tehri. The companies claimed that their scheduling from these plants were very low and many of them were aged over 25 years, thus old and inefficient.
If CERC rules in favour of the power companies, then all PPAs would be declared null and void. Sources, however, report that a ruling would take time. Three hearings have already been held since the petitions were filed last month.
Sources in the Union ministry, however, hinted that surrender would be accepted only if alternate buyers are found. "The PPAs were made for 20-25 years. Fixed costs aside, the power has to be reallocated elsewhere and for that another state has to agree to buy it," said a source.