Tamil Nadu Electricity Consumers Association (TECA) is a representative body of Electricity Industrial Consumers in Tamil Nadu.
Government of India enacted of the Electricity Regulatory Commissions Act, 1998 (14 of 1998) in the year 1998. This Act mandated the setting up regulatory commissions at the state and central levels and transferred the decision making authority relating to the supply and pricing of electricity to them from the governments. Under the provisions of this Act, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission was constituted to deal with these matters in Tamil Nadu.
A group of industrial consumers of electricity at Coimbatore deliberated these developments and concluded that a separate trade body focusing its entire attention and efforts on matters relating to electricity had become necessary. Accordingly TECA was incorporated as Section 25 Company under the Companies Act, 1956 in 1998 and started functioning from Coimbatore (Regd.No.181-8524/1998).
Subsequently, on the passing of the Electricity Act, 2003 (Act ) by the Parliament; the role of TECA has become more important.
TECA represents consumers from all over Tamil Nadu, from a variety of consumers, though mostly from industry. Large, medium and small industries are among its members. Among its members are those in Textiles, Engineering, Chemicals and Fertilisers, Pharmaceuticals, Automobiles and Auto-Components, Building Materials, and so on. The total membership as on 30-11-2013 was 628, accounting for a sanctioned load of 901 MW, about 10% of the HT Load in Tamil Nadu
TECA has organized a number of meetings at Coimbatore and elsewhere on matters of interest to it members and general public.
TECA has empanelled a group of experts in the subject of electricity to advise it on issues of importance to its members. The panel consists of professionals in the matter of production and distribution of electricity, lawyers, financial experts, cost accountants and so on. The members of TECA who have long experience also provide assistance
When all its other efforts to safeguard it members’ interest fail, TECA has been taking legal recourse. It has litigations at the TNERC, APTEL, Madras High Court, and Supreme Court of India on various issues related to electricity. A few of the matters dealt in them are:
TECA has been constantly working to safeguard the interests of the consumers by enlightening them on issues related to electricity and championing their interests. In the future too, true to its objectives, TECA hopes to make a significant contribution to the electricity consumers, and in turn, to the society at large.
We look forward your active participation in all our activities.