The Ministry of Power has asked the states to use the quota of unallocated power from central generating stations for supply to consumers rather than selling power at the exchanges. Around 15 per cent of the power generated in power plants is left unallocated for supply to areas facing supply crunch.
“The responsibility to supply power to the consumers is of the distribution companies and they should first serve their consumers who have the right to receive 24×7 power. Thus, the distribution companies should not sell the power in the power exchange and starve their own consumers,” the ministry said in a statement.
It added that in case it is found that states are not serving their consumers and selling power in the power exchanges at higher rate, the unallocated power of such states shall be withdrawn and allocated to other needy states.