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APERC opposes draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) is understood to have opposed various provisions of the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (EAB), especially the sub-licensing of power distribution and creation of an Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority (ECEA) at the national level.

Besides, the APERC raised an objection against making the Central government’s consultation with States before formulating the National Renewable Energy Policy discretionary rather than a mandatory requirement.

Sub-licensing 

As far as sub-licensing is concerned, the APERC has expressed apprehensions that the sub-licensees may procure power independently to the exclusion of power contracted by distribution licensees and it will add to the licensees’ cost of recovery through higher tariffs.

The APERC has insisted that consultation with the States on renewable energy should be mandatory, else there will be a chance of the Centre making an arbitrary prescription that a minimum percentage of purchase of electricity should be made from renewable and hydro sources of energy.

Source
The Hindu
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