ERC allows HT consumers to reduce contracted demand during lockdown

In a relief to the high-tension (HT) power consumers during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has dismissed a review petition filed by the two distribution companies (discoms) against relaxation of a clause in the general terms and conditions of supply (GTCS).

The Commission passed a suo-motu order on April 29 relaxing a clause of GTCS and a clause of Schedule-I of Regulation No. 5 of 2016 under which the HT consumers are allowed to seek reduction of contracted maximum demand (CMD) due to shutdown of their industrial activity following imposition of lockdown in the country, bringing all industrial activity to a grinding halt.

It stated that Government of India had imposed lockdown from March 25 to contain the spread of coronavirus and Telangana had imposed it from March 22 with exception to essential services. It was extended twice by the Centre and Telangana later to May 17 and 29, respectively.

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