Weekly Power Sector Round up: 26th December 2020

Electricity (Rights of consumers) Rules go into effect

The Govt has notified the rules for rights of power consumers which penalise distribution companies for excessive load shedding and delays in providing a connection or addressing faulty connections.

Power Minister R.K. Singh said, “These rules emanate from the conviction that the power systems exist to serve the consumers and the consumers have rights to get the services and reliable, quality electricity,”

The areas covered under the Electricity (Rights of consumers) Rules are the release of new connection and modification of existing connection, metering arrangement, billing and payment, disconnection and reconnection, reliability of supply and compensation mechanism.

Power consumption up 4.8% in first half of December

India’s power consumption grew 4.8% to 50.36 billion units (BU) in the first half of December 2020, as compared to the 48.04 BU during the same period last year.

These figures suggest that economic activity is consistently back to pre pandemic levels. December would the fourth month in a row where power consumption has recorded a year on year growth.