According to reports, in a setback to private power companies, Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has decided to impose wheeling and transmission charges for electricity sold outside the state.
As per the PSERC decision, Rs 1.44 would be charged per unit of power wheeled outside of Punjab by private producers.
PSERC officials said that many private companies generating power through new and renewable sources of energy (NRSE) projects had signed agreements with PSPCL to supply power at cheaper rates.
But later, some companies had started selling power to other states, adding to the crisis in power-deficit Punjab, said an official.
Under NRSE projects, Punjab has six co-generation projects, five biomass, 24 mini hydel and nine solar projects. The annual demand for power of Punjab is 40,000 million units (MUs).
“Out of total demand of 40,000 MUs, we get 3,500 MUs from NRSE projects. But if these units start selling power to other states by giving only 2% charges, it would be a great injustice with Punjab as they use our natural resources like water, paddy stubble and remains of sugar cane,” said director, distribution, of PSPCL, Arun Verma, while confirming the decision.
PSPCL authorities had filed a petition with PSERC seeking permission to charge full wheeling and transmission charges for wheeling power, generated by NRSE projects, outside the state.