Some of the changes in the tariff revision proposals of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) are expected to give relief to the powerloom units and some of the micro and cottage industries here .
However, the High Tension (HT) industries feel the commission has missed an opportunity to reduce the tariff for these industries.
The load limit has been increased to 12 KW from 7.45 KW (10 HP) now for smaller industries and this would benefit the powerloom units, cottage and tiny units. A worker can operate 20 looms. However, now he operates just about 10 looms. With installation of digital meters, even if the unit had 10 HP and the load limit exceeded 7.45 KW, the powerloom units had to pay higher amount. Now, the units can go up to 24 looms, said M. Kumarasamy, secretary of Coimbatore District Jobworking Powerloom Unit Owners’
According to K. Ilango, secretary of Tamil Nadu Electricity Consumers’ Association, the cross-subsidy surcharge has been reduced for third party power purchase by HT industries and this is a benefit. Similarly, the TNERC has recognised the recent order by High Court and decided that Harmonic control system is not needed for for 11 KV and 22 KV consumers.
There are several litigations as the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation(Tangedco) earlier said that these industries should also have Harmonic control systems, Mr. Ilango said.
Currently, industries get 5 % rebate for power consumption during night hours. But, they pay 20 % more for peak hour consumption.
The HT industries wanted removal of peak hour charges for morning peak hours and also sought higher rebate for night consumption. The Tangedco had proposed extending the peak hour to 10 p.m. It is between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. now. The TNERC has not accepted either the demands of the industry or the proposal of the Tangedco, Mr. Ilango said.
The commission should have used the opportunity to reduce the tariff for the industries, he added.