HYDERABAD: The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) was the appropriate forum which had the jurisdiction to decide on the disputes between power generating companies and power distribution companies before the bifurcation of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. This was reaffirmed by the Hyderabad High Court in its judgment on its last working day, December 31, 2018. A copy of the same was released officially on Monday.
A division bench comprising Justice V. Ramasubramanian and Justice P. Keshava Rao, which was dealing with a batch of 21 petitions of the power generating and distribution companies of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state and other private power generation companies, has asked the APERC and TSERC to transfer the pending proceedings to the file of CERC for adjudication.
There were four power distribution companies and two power generation companies. These were divided between the two Telugu states after bifurcation of AP.
After the bifurcation of power distribution and generation companies, several issues like single power purchase agreements, to make payment of differential tariffs, inter-state transmissions and tariffs to them and others were disputed and brought before the AP Electricity Regulation Commission and TSETC.
Both Commissions gave different views regarding the disputes. With that, about 21 petitions were filed before the Hyderabad High Court, challenging those directions....