Mumbai: The migration of low-end residential consumers of Reliance Infrastructure consuming less than 300 units a month to Tata Power would help customers significantly save on their bills, the state power regulator has said.
"...Significant savings can be achieved by residential consumers consuming below 300 units per month by shifting from RInfra-D to TPC-D," Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) said in its order Thursday.
According to the order, consumers migrating to Tata Power using its network, will save as much as 45-50 percent on their monthly bills. While in case of consumers, who changeover to Tata Power using RInfra's network, will benefit by 18-29 percent, depending on the consumption levels.
"The Commission is keen that residential consumers avail this opportunity and benefit from the reduction in their monthly electricity bills," it said.
RInfra had filed a petition before MERC seeking relief on account of certain issues affecting its customer base and financial viability due to switchover by big consumers to Tata Power.
In its August 22, order MERC had observed that "there was a need to intervene in the manner of changeover and switchover of consumers, to ensure a level-playing field and also to protect the interests of low-end consumers being supplied electricity in the common area of supply between RInfra and TPC"
The Commission had also directed Tata Power to set up its own distribution network in the license area of RInfra in the medium-term saying: "usage of the existing distribution network of RInfra-D (for supplying to changeover consumers) is only an interim solution till it sets up its own distribution network".
RInfra supplies power to Mumbai's suburbs and surrounding areas like Mira Road and Bhayander in adjoining Thane district. Tata Power and state-run utility BEST cater to consumers in South Mumbai with the former also supplying electricity in suburbs of the metropolis.
First Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 23:01