Firms get power for all-India purchase

The state government, grappling with a major power crisis, has adopted the ‘open access’ system which will enable industries to directly purchase electricity from private players anywhere in the country.

After Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh is the first state in the country to adopt the system. Under this, an industry in Hyderabad can even buy power from a hydel station located in Arunachal Pradesh and APTransco will facilitate its transmission.

The move is aimed at allowing industries to continue the production at full level. Earlier, the industries had to depend on power provided by government controlled APTransco and Discoms. The new policy is all set to revolutionalise the industries sector. “It is aimed at reducing the hardships faced by the industry,” said Mr Ajay Jain, chairman and managing director of APTransco. “We want to open lines even within the State.”

Initially, open access will be offered for supplies from outside the State. As local industries are struggling to run their units in the context of three-day power holiday, it was decided to allow the same in the State grid also.

“This would allow industries to buy power from local captive power units and we will only charge for transmission service,” said Mr Jain. The Electricity Regulatory Commission will decide the average charge to be collected from the industries for transmission. Sources said it would be less than 50 paise per unit.

APTransco would enter into agreements with the industries for short-term open access and long and medium term open access. Captive units, which till now could not sell their
surplus power, will also benefit from the the latest move.

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