Case No.24 of 1999

Present : Shri S.C. Mahalik, Chairman
Shri D.K. Roy, Member

Date of Argument : 04.12.99
Date of Order : 30.12.99

IN THE MATTER OF : Revenue requirement and determination of tariff for retail supply for WESCO.


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Preliminary Objections

  3. WESCO's Proposal

  4. Objector's views

  5. WESCO's rejoinder

  6. Commission's Analysis and Orders

    1. Revenue Requirement

      1. Quantity of Power Purchase

      2. Transmission and Distribution Loss

      3. Cost of Power

      4. Other Revenue Requirements

    2. Approved Revenue Requirement, Reasonable Return & Clear Profit

    3. Approved Tariff

    4. Commission's Order

  7. Annexures

    1. Annexure A

    2. Annexure B

    3. Annexure C

    4. Annexure D

Western Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Ltd., (WESCO, for short) Burla, Sambalpur, the holder of licence for carrying on the business of Distribution & Retail Supply of electricity in electrical circles of Burla, Bolangir and Rourkela submitted an application on 27.09.99 u/s 26 of the Orissa Electricity Reform Act, 1995 (Reform Act, 1995, for short) in respect of tariff for retail supply of electricity to different categories of consumers.


WESCO and its two other sister concerns, namely, NESCO and SOUTHCO, jointly filed an application for Retail Supply Tariff (RST, for short) on 30.07.99. The Commission’s staff, after preliminary scrutiny of the application, raised a number of comments/queries thereon. The Commission forwarded the comments/queries to WESCO vide letter No.2268 dt.13.08.99 and asked for additional information from WESCO in order to enable the Commission to decide whether the filing would be treated as complete for the purpose of proceeding u/s 26 of the Reform Act, 1995.


WESCO submitted a fresh application with clarifications to the comments/queries of the Commission in two volumes on 27th September, 1999. In the light of the clarifications to the comments/queries and additional information received from it, the filing appeared to be generally in order. Accordingly the filing was treated as complete and by Order No.2 dt.04.10.99 (Vol. I), the application in question was admitted and issue of public notice inviting objections to WESCO’s application was ordered.


Notice was published, as approved by the Commission, in several local newspapers on two consecutive days in terms of Clause 39 r/w sub-clause (1) of Clause-126 of the Orissa Electricity Regulatory Commission (Conduct of Business) Regulations, 1996 (Regulations, 1996, for short) outlining the broad features of the Distribution & Retail Supply Licensee’s proposed tariff and the rates & charges in a Schedule appended to the notice and inviting objections from interested persons. The public notice required the interested persons to file their objections and such documents as they seek to rely upon, supported by an affidavit, in six copies and to indicate also if they would like to be heard in person by the Commission in terms of Clause 43 of the Regulations, 1996. The notice further required the interested persons to serve a copy of the reply/objection alongwith the documents relied upon on the petitioner/applicant and to file proof of such service before the Commission at the time of filing of the reply/objection in terms of Clause 44 of the Regulations, 1996.


The above public notice also called upon the interested persons/objectors to inspect/peruse WESCO’s application and take note thereof during office hours within 15 days of the publication of the notice. The public notice also permitted the interested persons to obtain the salient features of the application on payment of Rs.20/- towards photocopying charges from Managing Director, WESCO, Burla and all Executive Engineers in charge of Distribution Divisions such as Sambalpur Electrical Division, Sambalpur, Bargarh Electrical Division, Bargarh, Jharsuguda Electrical Division, Jharsuguda, Deogarh Electrical Division, Deogarh, Bolangir Electrical Division, Bolangir, Titlagarh Electrical Division Titlagarh, Kalahandi West Electrical Division, Bhawanipatna, Kalahandi East Electrical Division, Bhawanipatna, Rajgangpur Electrical Division, Rajgangpur, Rourkela Electrical Division, Rourkela, Sundargarh Electrical Division, Sundargarh. They were also permitted to obtain a full set of the application together with supporting materials on payment of Rs.100/- towards photocopying charges.


The last date of filing of objection complying with the terms & conditions of the public notice was initially fixed as 31.10.99. The date fixed for filing of objection was extended to 15.11.99 because of the super cyclone which hit Orissa on 29th and 30th October’99. A notice in print media such as "Samaya" (dt.05.11.99) and "New Indian Express" (dt.3.11.99) was published extending the date of filing of objection with regard to the Retail Supply Tariff (RST) applications of the Distribution and Retail Supply Licensees for the information of the general public and interested persons. The notice regarding extension of the date of filing of the objection was also displayed on the office Notice Board.


The Commission received 17 objections against WESCO’s application out of which five were rejected for non-compliance of the terms & conditions as laid down in the public notice while 12 objections were admitted according permission to the objectors for participating in the hearing. The objectors whose objections were admitted for hearing are (1) Chief Electrical Engineer, S.E. Railway, Garden Reach, Calcutta. (2) Prof. (Dr.) S. Misra & 3 others, Q-4, Civil Township, Rourkela-769004 (3) Shri J. Kumar, Jt. General Manager, Larsen & Toubro Ltd., At/P.O. Kansbahal, Dist. Sundargarh (4) M/s Indian Aluminium Company (INDAL), At/P.O. Hirakud, Dist. Sambalpur. (5) Ib Valley Metal Forming (P) Ltd., P.O. Belpahar, Dist. Jharsuguda. (6) M/s GKW Ltd., Wakefield House, Sprott Road, Ballard Estate, Mumbai-400 038 (7) M/s OCL India Ltd., At/P.O. Rajgangpur, Dist. Sundargarh. (8) Shri K.N. Jena, General Secretary, Orissa Consumers’ Association, Biswanath lane, Cuttack. (9) M/s Utkal Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ltd., Barabati Stadium, Cuttack. (10) Shri K. Acharya, President, Orissa Grahak Mohasangha, B-4, Pallaspali, Bhubaneswar. (11) Dr. S.K. Tamotia, President, Aditya Aluminium, 9th Floor, IDCO Tower, Bhubaneswar. (12) Sri Gobardhan Pujari, General Secretary, Sundargarh District Employers’ Association, Rourkela.


After receipt of the objections and scrutiny thereof, the Commission published a notice in two Oriya dailies and one English daily on 17th & 18th November’99 whereunder the list of valid objections with regard to WESCO’s application and the date of hearing (04.12.99) were notified for the information of the general public.


In terms of Clause-45 of the Regulations, 1996, the Commission permitted the applicant to file a rejoinder to all the objections/reply filed by the objectors.


As notified, the hearing of the RST application commenced on 04.12.99. None of the parties present made any prayer to adduce oral or documentary evidence in course of the proceedings except those that were filed supported by affidavit, in response to the public notice.


Apart from the substantive objections, legal objections were raised by three objectors as preliminary objections on the maintainability of the tariff proceeding. The Commission heard the views of WESCO on such objections. The preliminary objections raised by Shri Gobardhan Pujari, General Secretary of Objector No.12 were overruled by the Commission by Order No.1 dt.4.12.99 (Vol.II). In regard to the other preliminary objections, it was decided with the consent of the respective objectors that they would be dealt with by the Commission in the final order.


The preliminary objections raised by the General Secretary, Orissa Consumer’s Association, Cuttack and President, Orissa Grahak Mohasangha, Bhubaneswar are as follows :-

The RST determined by the Commission by its Order dt.21.11.98 in Case No.19/98 which has come into force from 01.12.98 cannot be revised or amended within a period of 3 years as envisaged u/s 57-A (1)(e) of the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948 (the Act, 1948, for short) and therefore the present application for RST is not maintainable and liable to be rejected outright.


The RST determined by the Commission (in Case No.19/98) cannot be amended within one financial year unless warranted for adjustment of Fuel Surcharge.


OERC has not framed any regulation by notification in official gazette for determination of tariff u/s 29 of the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act, 1998 (the Commission Act, 1998, for short) and sub-section (2) of Section 26 of the Reform Act, 1995 and as such it lacks authority and power to consider the application of the licensee, be it for determining a new tariff or revising or amending the existing one.


OERC has not yet specified the methodology and procedure for calculating expected revenue from the charges and therefore, it cannot consider the application of the licensee which is based on imaginary, vague, and manipulated statement of facts and accounts in the absence of statutory audit reports for the years 1997-98 and 1998-99.


Licensee has failed to comply with the conditions of the Licence to improve its efficiency, standard of service and reduce its losses and as such, it should not be allowed to make good the losses attributable to mal-administration, inefficiency, corruption, mismanagement, and unwarranted expenses by way of penalising the consumers in the form of a tariff hike.


Since the application for RST has not been filed prior to the commencement of the FY 1999-00 and has been filed in the middle of the aforesaid FY, it cannot be entertained for setting a tariff for the balance or remaining part of the FY.


As the OERC has not consulted Commission Advisory Committee (CAC, for short) prior to the admission of the tariff application and issue of public notice, it would not be legal and proper to proceed with the case.


As the Commission, at present, is only a two member Commission instead of three and the member of the Commission who shall be an electrical engineer having experience of generation, transmission & distribution or supply of electricity in terms of Section 5 (1)(a) of the Reform Act, 1995 having not been appointed as yet, the Commission now comprising two members lacks quorum to undertake and dispose of the tariff proceeding because of the bar created u/s 9(4) of the Reform Act, 1995.


Miscellaneous Appeal No.41 of 99 has been filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Orissa being aggrieved with the decision of the Commission in Case Nos.18/98 (BST) and 19/98 (RST) and therefore the present RST application should be rejected by the Commission as an appeal is pending against the RST determined by the Commission in its Order dt.21.11.98.

(Orissa Grahak Mohasangha)

The RST application is neither a new tariff nor an amendment to the existing tariff. It is only a revision of the existing tariff. Therefore it is not permitted under law.

(Orissa Grahak Mohasangha)


The first objection raised by Shri K.N. Jena, General Secretary of the Orissa Consumers’ Association, Cuttack is that when the provisions of Sec.57-A of the Act, 1948 r/w the provisions of the Reform Act, 1995 contemplate that charges for the supply of electricity, once fixed, shall be in operation for three years, revision of tariff within one year would be without the authority of law.


The objection is purportedly based on Section 57-A of the Act, 1948. We have considered the provision of Section 57-A of the Act, 1948 and particularly sub-clauses (c) and (e) of sub-section (1) of Section 57-A quoted by Shri Jena. We find that these provisions are applicable to charges for electricity recommended by a Rating Committee and approved by the State Govt. and stipulate that such charges recommended by a Rating Committee for supply of electricity shall be in operation for such period not exceeding three years as the State Govt. may specify in the order. Sub-section (7) of Section 26 of the Reform Act, 1995 repeals the constitution of a Rating Committee making the provisions of the Act, 1948 quoted Shri Jena inapplicable in this case. We hold that the preliminary objection by the learned counsel citing the provisions of Section 57-A of the Act, 1948 is without merit as the said provision is inapplicable in tariff proceeding under Section 26 of the Reform Act, 1995.


With regard to the second objection that the RST determined in Commission’s Order dated 21.11.98 (in Case No.19/98) cannot be amended within one financial year unless warranted for adjustment of fuel surcharge, we would like to say that apparently there is some misunderstanding about Section 26 of the Reform Act, 1995 which is relevant to the determination of tariff by the Commission. We would like to clarify that in this section of the Reform Act, 1995, the procedure for determination of a fresh tariff or amendment of tariff is the same. There is no vaccum or even interregnum in operation of a tariff which has been defined as a schedule of standard prices or charges. This has been amply made clear in Clause 116 of Regulation, 1996. Depending on the gap between estimated revenue requirement and the aggregate revenue which a licensee is permitted to recover by the tariff in operation, the Commission may approve modification to the tariff or any part of tariff. Whether the resultant determination is called a tariff or an amendment of tariff is not of any consequence. The Commission cannot refuse to entertain an application if the Commission finds that the licensee’s filing of revenue requirement and expected revenue from charges is reasonably complete. It has to process it and take a decision within ninety days of the complete filing. Sub-sec. (6) of Section 26 of the Reform Act, 1995 lays down that except in terms of fuel surcharge formula, no tariff or part of tariff can be amended more than once in any financial year. The natural corollary is that tariff or part of any tariff can be legitimately amended once in a financial year. The current RST was set in November’98 within the financial year 1998-99. Therefore an amendment to RST during financial year 1999-00, if found justified, cannot be termed as illegal.


The third objection relates to lack of authority and power of the Commission to consider the present application of the Licensee, be it for fixing a new tariff or revising or amending an existing one on the ground that the Commission has not framed any regulation for fixation of tariff u/s 29 of the Commission Act, 1998 and under sub-sec. (2) of Sec. 26 of the Reform Act, 1995, by notification in the official gazette.


In fact, this objection has two parts. The first part of the objection is that OERC has not framed any regulation for determination of tariff u/s 29 of the Commission Act, 1998 and as such, it lacks authority and power to consider the application of the licensee. In view of the above objection, the point for consideration is if Sec. 29 of the Commission Act, 1998 is applicable to determination of tariff in the State of Orissa.


We understand that Shri K.N. Jena, General Secretary of the Orissa Consumers’ Association has, in OJC No.6999/99, challenged the procedure adopted by the State Govt. for appointment of a member of the Commission which has fallen vacant on the ground that the State Govt. has not followed procedure provided under the Commission Act, 1998 for such purpose. The aforesaid writ application is yet to be disposed of laying down the law on the issues involved.


Meanwhile, we are of the opinion that the Reform Act, 1995 holds good in all matters provided therein for OERC including determination of tariff by the Commission in view of the special provision relating to the Orissa Electricity Reform Act, 1995 and Haryana Electricity Reform Act, 1997 contemplated u/s 41 of the Commission Act, 1998. Sec. 41 of the Commission Act, 1998 clearly provides that the provisions of the said Act, in so far they relate to the State Commissions, shall not apply to the Commissions established under the Orissa Electricity Reform Act, 1995 or the Haryana State Electricity Reform Act, 1997.


The subject "electricity" is in the Concurrent List of the Constitution of India. Therefore, the State of Orissa has a right to enact law on electricity as it did in the Reform Act, 1995. The Reform Act, 1995 has been assented to by the President of India on the 3rd January, 1996. Further, Sec.41 of the Commission Act, 1998 is in the nature of a built-in provision to safeguard the State Acts enacted earlier from the overriding effect of a Central Act enacted later than the State Acts on the same subject of "Electricity" and in the same field of establishing Electricity Regulatory Commission. To sum up, we hold that the Commission Act, 1998 in so far as it relates to State Commissions is not applicable to OERC.


The second part of the objection is that the OERC has not framed any Regulation by notification in the official gazette for determination of tariff under sub-section (2) of Sec.26 of the Reform Act, 1995 and therefore it has no authority or power to consider the application of the Licensee whether it is for a new tariff or revision or amendment of the existing one. Before we deal with the factual aspect of this objection, we may point out that while it is stated in the first part of the objection that tariff should be determined by OERC in accordance with the provisions of Sec. 29 of the Commission Act, 1998, it is also contended in the second part of the objection that OERC has not framed regulations for fixation of tariff u/s 26(2) of the Reform Act, 1995 and, therefore, OERC has no authority or power to consider the said application of the Licensee. It appears to us that Shri Jena is challenging the Reform Act, 1995 in so far as it relates to the OERC and at the same time he is relying on the same Reform Act, 1995 to challenge the alleged omission on the part of OERC.


The plea taken by Shri Jena that OERC has not framed any regulation to determine tariff u/s 26(2) of the Reform Act, 1995 has no basis in fact. Chapter-V of the Regulations, 1996 deals with regulations on tariff as envisaged in Chapter-VIII of the Reform Act, 1995. The provisions contained in Chapter-V of the Regulations, 1996 has conferred upon the Commission a measure of discretion in the matter of evolving its working procedure so long as these procedures conform to the principles of natural justice. Accordingly, we are of the opinion that there is no merit in this objection.


With regard to the fourth objection, it may be pointed out that upon filing of the application for RST by WESCO on July 30, 1999, the Commission in its letter No.2268 dt.13.08.99 pointed out certain omissions to be supplied by the applicant and raised certain queries for clarification. The applicant filed a fresh application and supplied the omissions and clarifications to the queries on 27.09.99 raised by the Commission in its letter dt.13.08.99. After scrutiny of all the filings including a large number of documentary evidence, the Commission treated the filings to be generally in order and the tariff application in question was treated as complete.


It may be stated here that regulatory proceeding cannot be treated at par with proceedings before common law courts. The Commission is empowered under Clause-111 (Chapter-V) of the Regulations, 1996 to lay down methodologies and procedures for calculating the expected revenue from charges and for determining the tariffs from time to time with the further enabling provisions to add, amend, alter, revise, substitute or otherwise change such methodologies and procedures at any time the Commission desires. Clause 113 of the said Regulation further provides that the Commission may issue orders from time to time giving details of the manner in which licensee’s revenue and tariff will be determined consistent with the provisions of the Act and Regulations framed for the purpose. Even, where no Regulation has been framed to deal with any matter or exercise any power under this Act, the Commission is free to deal with such matters, powers and functions in the manner it thinks fit.


We would also like to emphasise that in accordance with Section 10(5) of the Reform Act, 1995, this Commission, in discharge of its function, shall be entitled to and may consult to the extent it considers appropriate from time to time such persons or group of persons who may be affected or likely to be affected by the decisions of the Commission. This provision read with Sec. 26 of the Reform Act makes it clear that the Commission has wide discretion to evolve its own methodology, procedures and mechanism, subject, however, to the fact that they are just and reasonable and to carry on its activities in cases where there is no provision in the Reform Act, 1995 or Regulations framed thereunder.


We have examined the objection that the filing should not have been admitted in the absence of audited accounts for 1998-99. It may be mentioned that the licensee has filed audited accounts for the year 1997-98 alongwith the application. The audited accounts for the year 1998-99 have not been filed. In the normal course, the revenue requirement for 1999-00 alongwith request for amendment of tariff if any should have been filed in December, 1998. If the application would have been filed by the prescribed date, the licensee was in a position to file only the audited account for 1997-98. It appears that in view of the unsettling effects of transition involving formation of new distribution companies, disinvestment of government shares and issue of fresh license etc. the revenue requirements were not filed in December, 1998 which ought to have been the case. This was filed in August’99 when audited accounts for 1998-99 were not yet due .


Therefore, we are unable to agree that the tariff application of the Distribution & Retail Supply Licensee is defective, incomplete and not maintainable.


The fifth preliminary objection relates to debarring the licensee from revising the tariff until and unless it fulfilled the conditions of Distribution & Retail Supply Licence as amended from time to time and complied with the order of the Commission.


Non compliance or inadequate compliance of the licence conditions, if any, is a separate issue which cannot hold up the process of determination of tariff. The Commission is bound by law as in Section 26 (6) of the Reform Act, 1995 to determine the tariff within 90 days from the date the application was treated by the Commission as complete. Elaborate provisions exist in the Reform Act, 1995 to deal with non-compliance or violations of licence conditions. Filing of the revenue requirement and expected revenue from charges is a statutory duty of the licensee as provided in s/s (4) of Sec.26 of the Reform Act, 1995 and therefore this function must not be mixed up with other issues like non-compliance or inadequate compliance of the licence conditions. The Commission is, therefore, of the opinion that this objection has no merit and is accordingly overruled.


The sixth objection that the application cannot be entertained in the middle of the financial year 1999-00 has no basis in law. The Commission would have liked strict adherence to the due date of filing of the revenue requirement i.e. by 31st December, 1998 but the Commission is persuaded to accept the delay caused due to the transitional problems. The Commission has also noted that there is no statutory time schedule for application for tariff and hence the Commission cannot refuse to consider the application if it is otherwise in order.


The seventh objection is that the Commission Advisory Committee was not consulted by the Commission before admitting the application. Sub-section (6) of Sec.26 prescribes; "If the Commission considers that the proposed tariff or amended tariff of a licensee does not satisfy any of the provisions of sub-section (5), it shall, within 90 days of the date of receipt of all information which it required, and after consultation with the Commission Advisory Committee constituted u/s 32 and the licensee, notify the licensee the proposed tariff or amended tariff." It is clear from the language employed in sub-sec. (6) that the question of consultation arises only before the Commission actually seeks to notify the licensee the proposed tariff or amended tariff. Consultation with the Commission Advisory Committee, therefore, is not a pre-requisite for admission of the licensee’s application. It may be further mentioned that the Commission had already scheduled the meeting of the CAC by the time the public hearing was taken up.


In order to dispose of the eighth objection, we may point out that Sec.9(4) of the Reform Act, 1995 stipulates a quorum for review of any previous decision taken by the Commission. This stipulation for quorum is applicable only if there is an explicit prayer for review of any previous decision of the Commission. We have already stated earlier that the present application is not a prayer for review of the RST. It is an application u/s 26(6) of the Act. We therefore hold that there is no bar to or infirmity in the Commission proceeding to determine the RST as prayed for by the applicant.


We now deal with the penultimate objection raised by Orissa Grahak Mohasangha. Though M.A. No.41/99 has been filed in the Hon’ble High Court of Orissa against the final order in BST (Case No.18/98) and RST (Case No.19/98), it is not the case of the objector that the orders of the Commission in those two cases have been stayed by the Hon’ble Court. As the final orders in Case No.18/98 and 19/98 have not been stayed by the Hon’ble Court, the plea of the objector that the present application for RST should be rejected out of hand because of the pendency of the M.A. bearing No.41/99 cannot be considered as a valid objection.


Regarding the last objection raised by Orissa Grahak Mohasangha, it may be mentioned that nowhere in the RST application, the applicant has sought for revision. On the other hand, the applicant has described the RST application as one for amendment of Distribution & Retail Supply Tariff u/s 26 of the Reform Act, 1995. Similarly, in para 6 at page 22 of the RST application, the licensee has prayed for amendment of the existing retail tariffs and charges as determined in Order dt.21st November, 1998 in Case No.19/98.


We have extensively discussed the issue in dealing with the second objection in para 2.7 above.


In the light of our observations in the above paragraphs, we have to hold that there is no validity in any of the preliminary objections, most of which were due to inadequate appreciation of regulatory procedure. We, therefore, proceed to examine WESCO’s proposal and give our findings on the same.


WESCO’s Proposal


The Western Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Limited (WESCO) has submitted calculation of its expected revenue from charges & revenue requirement for the year 1999-00 along with a proposal for amendment of the existing tariff.


Considerations requiring amendment of the existing tariff which have been advanced by WESCO are given below :-

  1. Revenue from the existing tariff is insufficient to meet the estimated cost for the financial year 1999-00 and therefore, there is a need to increase tariff in line with the revenue requirement proposal to preserve the financial viability of WESCO.

  2. It is necessary to generate surplus equivalent to the losses of NESCO and SOUTHCO by maintaining a uniform tariff structure across all the regions under the management of BSES so that the existing consumers are not surprised by sudden and significant discontinuity in their tariff and a uniform tariff could provide a lower tariff increase for NESCO and SOUTHCO.

  3. Insufficient tariff increase of the previous tariff order has resulted in a higher requirement for the financial year 1999-00 and the energy sale assumed in the retail tariff application of 1998-99 and approved by OERC was in excess of the actuals.

  4. The tariff structure inherited by WESCO is a distorted one with high dose of subsidy to certain groups of consumers which continues inspite of the rationalisation of tariff structure by OERC and GRIDCO. This requires a higher tariff increase for the subsidised categories to achieve a rational tariff level.

  5. Revenues must be sufficient to cover all costs in order to ensure viability of WESCO and to enable it to raise funds critical for system improvement.

  6. WESCO has pointed out that OSEB and its successor GRIDCO being state owned undertaking had the benefit of getting subsidy from the State Govt which is not available to the applicant company making it necessary to recover the same from the consumers.


WESCO has considered the following main inputs for the calculation of revenue requirement :

  1. Power Purchase Expenses

  2. Employees cost

  3. Administration & General Expenses

  4. Repair & Maintenance Expenses

  5. Bad Debt

  6. Depreciation

  7. Interest on loan

  8. .Interest on working capital

  9. Statutory appropriation

  10. Cost of stores & spares

  11. Reasonable Return on Capital Base


WESCO estimates power purchase of 2454 million units with an average of monthly maximum demand 450 MVA during 1999-00. Demand has been estimated on the basis of power purchase bills of April, May & June, 1999. WESCO for the year 1999-00 estimates energy sale of 1473 million units. WESCO has stated that the Distribution loss as worked out from the management information system is 46% for the year 1998-99 & feels that a loss reduction of 2% to 3% in the year 1999-00 would be realistically achievable. It has targeted to reduce the energy loss to 40% during 1999-00.


Total expenditure including power purchase cost for the year 1999-00 is estimated at Rs.475.85 crores which comprises employee cost, cost of materials, administrative and general expenses, interest on loans borrowed from different organisations, bad debts, depreciation less capitalisation on account of interest expenses. There is a proposal for special appropriation of Rs.1.00 Crores to cover contribution to contingency reserve. WESCO estimates to earn reasonable return of Rs.9.87 Crores on its capital base of Rs.56.39 crores. The revenue requirement and estimated reasonable return for the financial year 1999-200 proposed by WESCO are at Table-1

Revenue Requirement for 1999-00


(Rupees in crores)

Purchase of Energy :


Distribution and sale of energy :


Special Appropriations :


Sub Total :


Reasonable return :





The financial projection made by WESCO is given at Table-2 :

Table –2
Estimated Revenue from Charges for 1999-00 ( Crs.)



Surplus / Deficit

For FY 1999-00 based on existing tariff & miscellaneous revenue



For FY 1999-00 based on tariff proposed in the application for full year & miscellaneous revenue



For FY 1999-00 based on tariff proposed in the Application applied for 4 months




WESCO has stated that the existing tariff is inadequate to meet the estimated total revenue requirement of Rs.486.72 crores for the financial year 1999-00.


WESCO has stated that if shortfall in revenue requirement is to be met, it requires revision of tariff by 16.30%. However WESCO has proposed an average rise of 32.47%.


WESCO has stated that while a differential tariff based on cost differences for different zones would be more efficient, a sudden shifting across the region would create significant discontinuity in their tariffs for which

  1. WESCO suggests the principle of uniform tariff for the three zones under the management of BSES.

  2. Additional revenue earned by WESCO may be transferred to NESCO and SOUTHCO through a special appropriation with permission of the OERC.


The tariff proposal does not envisage any subsidy from the Govt of Orissa or any other source. It has adopted the principle of cross subsidization and a self balancing mechanism within various classes of consumers.


WESCO has stated that in case OERC or Govt. of Orissa desire to further subsidise any consumer category, the difference between the proposed revenue and the subsidised tariff should be provided to WESCO either by consequent increase to other consumers or in the form subsidy from Govt. of Orissa d by a monthly letter of credit or a combination of both.


WESCO’s proposed tariff is based on the following principles :-

  1. Lower tariff for consumers supplied at higher voltage level

  2. Reduction in cross subsidy

  3. Reduction in multiple rates for consumers at the same voltage level.


In the tariff proposed by WESCO, no consumer is to pay less than 50% of the cost of supply requiring significant increase for domestic and irrigation at LT consumers. At the same time, no consumer should pay more than 150% of the cost of supply.


As an incentive for HT and EHT consumers, consumption beyond a load factor of 60%, a discount of 10% on the energy charge may be given for the applicable category.


As a number of aluminum manufacturing industries plan to set up CPPs, WESCO proposes that consumers with a contract load of 100 MVA and above and a guarranted monthly load factor of 80% would qualify for a special tariff with no demand charge but would have a consolidated energy charge and back to back arrangement with bulk supplier.


WESCO intends phasing out of cross subsidies while proposing amendment to the tariff.


WESCO has stated that about 33% of its power purchase bill is fixed while less than 20% of its revenue can be earned through demand charge. WESCO proposes to increase demand charge so that the through the demand charge a higher level of fixed cost would be recovered.


To summarise WESCO requests approval of :

  1. The proposed amendment to the existing retail tariff and charges.

  2. Revenue requirement for 1999-00.


The expected revenue from charges for 1999-00.


The mechanism proposed for cash flow to NESCO and SOUTHCO from WESCO


The proposal that addition of captive generation be not permitted for a period of three years and reviewed thereafter.



Twelve objectors were admitted for personal hearing. Important issues raised by the objectors during hearing are indicated below:


Chief Electrical Engineer, S.E. Railway, Calcutta


Shri Madhukar Mishra, Chief Electrical Engineer (Distribution) appeared on behalf of C.E.E., S.E. Railway. He stated that the proposed hikes in the Demand and Energy charges of Rs.250/KVA/month and Rs.3.20/KWH respectively for HT and EHT supply is abnormally high and may cause severe financial burden on the Railways. Hence the Demand and Energy charges may be maintained at the existing level.


Shri Mishra pleaded that railway’s load fluctuation is due to exogenous factors like accidents and public agitation etc. and hence the proposed penalty on overdrawal may be withdrawn. Alternatively, penalty may be lived for overdrawal during peak period only. He also submitted that Monthly Minimum Fixed Charge (MMFC) should be deleted as the fixed charges are already in-built in the two-part tariff for Railways.


It was argued that traction tariff should have some relationship with cost of power purchased from NTPC/NHPC. NTPC sells power at Rs.1.92/Kwh whereas Railways pay Rs.3.79/Kwh to the DISTCOs. Such distortions should be rectified. Shri Mishra requested that a rebate of 2% of the total bill may be allowed to the Railways for timely payment of bills and that along the line of a penalty on low power factor, a rebate may be granted in the event of power factor over 90%.


Power supply interruption and unreliable supply cause lots of hardship to the Railways in the form of additional operational expenditure for train services and hence compensation should be paid to Railways in case of power supply interruptions or poor quality of power supply by the licensee.


It was further submitted that traction tariff should be reasonable for developmental projects and that TOD meters should be provided at the traction substations. He further pleaded that in case of defective meters, average of last three months consumption should be taken for billing.


Prof. (Dr.) S.K. Mishra and others, Rourkela


Dr. S.K. Mishra in his written objection has submitted that domestic and commercial consumers would be hard hit by frequent tariff revision and uncertain tariff hikes. He said that distribution companies have applied for retail tariff revision within one year making the intention clear that they would come up with fresh application next year and it would be an annual exercise. As such commercial/industrial organisation would find it difficult to plan their financial commitment and industrial activities.


The transmission and distribution loss has increased from 40% to 46% in the year 1999. Failure to decrease T&D losses defeats the purpose of reform. It was regrettable that Distribution companies are not able to meet the target set by the Commission in their order of 25.11.98.


Proposal for transferring revenue from WESCO to other companies contradicts the objective of independently managed private power companies as a part of reform programme.


WESCO’s proposal to write off 7.5% of inherited debt within three years is strongly objected. OERC should direct the DISTCO and GRIDCO for collecting the arrear outstanding dues and not to load the same on the consumers through tariff.


WESCO proposed to recover the outstanding pension liabilities not transferred by GRIDCO through tariff enhancement. This is strongly objected.


It is stated that the proportion of unmetered consumers is very high and theft of electricity in various ways is rampant. Poor maintenance of electrical equipments through contractors is one of the causes for the loss. Lastly it was observed that the T&D loss is very high compared to any standard and should be curbed.


Larsen & Toubro Ltd.,


Shri Jagannth Das, Advocate representing Larsen & Toubro Ltd. submitted that the proposed hikes in the Demand and Energy charges of Rs.250/KVA/month and Rs.3.20/KWH respectively for HT and EHT supply is abnormally high. The demand charge of Rs.250/KVA/Month is unjustified because WESCO does not pay more than Rs.200/KVA/Month to GRIDCO. Similarly there is no justification to enhance the energy charges to Rs.3.40/KWH when WESCO pays only Rs.85.50 paise/KWH to GRIDCO.


The proposed enhancement of tariff from Rs.1.62 to Rs.2.65 in case of colony consumption is not justified. Earmarking only 10% of the total consumption of HT industry for domestic use is arbitrary. Considering the climatic changes the limit of 10% should be raised to 20% or actual consumption.


He stated that enhancement of security deposit by WESCO by an extra amount of Rs.47 lakhs is not justified. This is due to wrong assumption of the load factor of 70%. But in reality the load factor varies from 34% to 41%. Applicant therefore submitted to the Commission for directing the licensee to refund the extra amount of Rs.47 lakhs.


He stated that the proposal given by WESCO for transfer of its surplus to finance the loss of NESCO and SOUTHCO is not justified. The rate proposed by CESCO for industrial consumers is much less in comparison to the proposal given by WESCO.


Estimated T&D loss of 46% is on higher side compared to 40% of 1996-97. He stated that there can be hardly any technical and commercial loss in the 10 km. HT line connected directly from GRIDCO sub-station at Rajgangpur to L&T.


He stated that WESCO is not spending substantially anything to maintain the distribution system of power supply to L&T. Therefore, L&T may be allowed to give the purchase price of power plus wheeling charges to WESCO and not more than that.


He also stated that the electricity consumed by the water treatment plant should not be billed at industrial rate because water pump serves only the residence of industrial colony.


In his opinion incentive to the consumer should be given for maintaining power factor beyond 90%. Also as a corollary to delayed payment surcharge provision of rebate for prompt payment of bills should be there.




Shri B.N. Das, Retd. Chief Engineer represented M/s Indian Aluminium Company. He stated that proposal of 26% of rise in power tariff given by WESCO is unjustified because the applicant cannot pass on the extra cost to its customers.


He stated that Orissa power cost should be cheaper than other states because of High Hydro Potential (about 45%) and thermal stations of states located at pit heads. Evaluation of results of reform in Orissa is a must and the cost should be compared with other states.


He also stated that the application made by WESCO objecting to setting up of CPPs is not relevant for tariff revision purpose. Permission for CPPs should be given on consideration of merit on each case.


He stated that the cost of power of WESCO should come down from Rs.317.82 to 295.34 crores. Overall distribution loss should be limited to 28% for tariff purpose.


He estimated Rs.420.04 crores as Revenue Requirement against Rs.486.62 crores proposed by WESCO.


He further stated that Bad Debts are measure of inefficiency and as such consumers should not be penalised for inefficient management of GRIDCO.


He submitted that EHT Tariff is much more as Licensee is loading entire cost to EHT consumers. Only cost to EHT plus reasonable return should be considered. Distribution licensee do not contribute towards Operation & Maintenance expense at EHT. Thus cost of power at EHT should not exceed 130 paise/unit.


He finally stated that consumers of WESCO should only pay the reasonable return of WESCO and not more than that which is proposed to be passed as loan to NESCO and other sister concern of WESCO.


M/s Ib Valley Metal Forming(P) Ltd.


Shri Deepak Srivastav represented Ib Valley Metal Forming (P) Ltd. He stated that regional disparity in fixation of tariff should be avoided. Already there exists differential industrial growth in different parts of the state. He stated that tariff to consumers in different zones are not cost based because of inter Distco's linkage. Issue of tariff comparisons need to be discussed elaborately.


He stated that tariff linkage with regard to fund flow, Policy, Costing & Revenue needs to be debated. Tariff fluctuation benefit of one zone should be passed to other zones only after debate. Basis of estimation of T&D loss as high as 40% to 46% should be explained to the consumers. Issue requires open house discussion. Cross subsidies to be eliminated. Issue of subsidy should come from state govt. to the company in terms of policy and financial resource input.


He stated that two major issues have to be kept in mind i.e. energy conservation and resource conservation. The power being generated and is utilised are basically from conventional sources. Issue of renewable and non-conventional energies vis-a-vis CPP appears to have been absolutely overlooked.


He stated that both demand charges and monthly fixed charges cannot be levied simultaneously for H.T., E.H.T. consumers.


One subsidiary company should not financially support another at the cost of raising tariff. There should be an opportunity for third party sale in the new regime.


M/s GKW Ltd., Mumbai


Shri P.R. Bapat, Corporate Adviser of GKW Ltd. M/s GKW Ltd. stated that the basic energy rate at the time of commencement of commercial production in 1992 was Rs.0.70/unit, whereas presently in September 1999 it is Rs.2.40/Kwh.


He submitted to the Commission to advise WESCO for giving a portion of NTPC power as is given to Ferro Alloys units in order to enable the industry to sustain in international market. Proposed increase in tariff will make the cost of high speed steel uncompetitive in international market. Proposed hike of 33 % in energy charges and 60% increase in colony consumption will put additional burden of Rs.8.00 crores per month. Objector has given a comparative chart of tariff of 28 SEBs & utilities.


M/s OCL India Ltd. Rajgangpur, Sundargarh


Shri Rajeswar Pandey, G.M. (Engg) represented M/s OCL India Ltd., Rajgangpur. He stated that cement industry should be treated as a special category and also tariff applicable should be separate. They propose Maximum Demand charges as Rs.1.5 lakhs per/MVA, Unit charge Rs.2 per/Kwh during peak period and Rs.0.50 per/unit higher than bulk tariff and Rs.0.2 per/unit higher than bulk tariff in off-peak period.


He stated that there has been negative growth of 22.4% in EHT category, because Distco's power is costly. Therefore to attract EHT consumers, the tariff should be lower than CPP generation cost. EHT consumers are to be given incentive, since the distribution loss is minimum. They suggested lower tariff of 20 paise + Bulk supply cost during off peak hour, M.D. charges of Rs.1.5 lakhs per month and over drawl penalty of Rs.1.00 lakh per MVA.


He stated that installation of CPPs and third party sale of power should be encouraged and Distco's proposal objecting to the above should be disallowed. He pleaded for giving incentive to HT and EHT consumer.


Shri K.N. Jena, General Secretary, Orissa Consumers Association


Shri K.N. Jena, General Secretary represented Orissa Consumers Association. He objected on a variety of ground as detailed below.


Application for amendment/revision of tariff is not permissible/tenable under the provisions of Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948.


Tariff should not be amended within a financial year once except for fuel surcharge adjustment.


Application filed by the licensee is not bonafide.


Terms and conditions for fixation of tariff has not been determined by Commission.


Commission has not yet specified the methodology and procedure for calculating the expected revenue from charges.


Accounts of licensee has not been audited and there is no availability of its yearly account to judge standard of performance.


Licensee has not improved its efficiency and standard of service.


Application cannot be entertained for tariff revision during 1999-00 with retrospective effect.


There is no correlation between purchase of power and sale of units.


Licensee has failed to provide the details required under Chapter-V of regulation.


Licensee has not taken steps for reduce transmission and distribution loss.


Licensee's claim of demand charge and energy charge and customer charge is excessive.


Commission Advisory Committee has not been consulted prior to admission of the tariff application.


Rural and Urban consumers are getting power for few hours and voltage is low. As such they should not be burdened.


Subsidies from Govt. has not been taken into consideration. Efforts to reduce cost of power of Distcos, OHPC, GRIDCO, OPGC are not transparent.


Meters installed by licensee have not been properly checked and tested.


Because of bi-monthly billing, licensee is incurring loss by paying interest to financing agencies.


Expenditure incurred by the licensee on power purchase is not prudently done. Instead of purchasing low cost power they are going to purchase high cost power.


Law does not provide for separate transmission tariff.


Consumers are deprived of getting rebate as bills are not submitted in time.


M/s. Utkal Chamber of Commerce


Shri M.V. Rao representing Utkal Chamber of Commerce strongly objected to tariff increase on various grounds. He stated that the statement made by WESCO that the last tariff is insufficient is not correct. He objected to WESCO’s application for disallowing CPP for a period of 3 years.


He stated that Estimation of quantum of power purchased from GRIDCO may change and may reduce if there is reduction in BST. Projection of T&D loss of 46% is on higher side. It should be at best 31%. Since lot of investment has been made the T&D loss should be at least reduced to 28%.


He stated that employees cost projected by WESCO is on higher side. The rise should not be more than 3% per annum. Recovery of shortfall in Pension Trust from consumers proposed by WESCO is illegal. Rise in A&G expenses should not be more than 3% per annum. He agreed for Repair & Maintenance expenses proposed by WESCO. He submitted that Bad Debt should not be more than Rs.4.81 crores.


He stated that there is absolutely no competition which is a mandate of reform. Low cost power is not availed in full. Rather high cost of power is procured. Power should be cheaper because of high Hydro potential (nearly 45%) & pit head thermal stations.


Finally he submitted that tariff should be kept unchanged for a period of 5 years and the power purchase adjustment should be allowed annually.


Orissa Grahak Mohasangha


Shri Kulamani Acharya represented Orissa Grahak Mohasangha. He stated that the tariff filed by WESCO should be rejected since previous tariff order of Commission I18 & 19 of 1999) is subjudice. He stated that methodology and procedure of calculating expected revenue from charges have not been prescribed by Commission. The data submitted by WESCO is inacurate since WESCO’s proposed surplus is equivalent to loss sustained by NESCO & SOUTHCO.


He stated that computation of T&D loss of 46% as per "Information Memorandum" is not correct. He objected to the monopoly attitude of licensee asking for withholding permission for three years to install CPP. He pleaded that Orissa consumers should not be made accountable for losses on unmetered supply.


He stated that computation of T&D loss of 46% as per "Information Memorandum" is not correct. He objected to the monopoly attitude of licensee asking for withholding permission for three years to install CPP. He pleaded that Orissa consumers should not be made accountable for losses on unmetered supply. He further objected to the variable tariff structure in various zones. He suggested that there should be financial investment by private entrepreneurs to develop the system and management.


Dr. S.K. Tamotia, President, Aditya Aluminium


Dr. S.K. Tamotia, President, Aditya Aluminium in his written objection stated the following.


Industries owning captive power plant should be allowed to enter into a fair and equitable power purchase agreement with GRIDCO/WESCO to utilise surplus generation & supply emergency assistance to CPP.


Proposal by the licensee to withhold permission for installing CPP for 3 years should not be agreed to.


Tariff of Aditya Aluminium is to be fixed on net drawal basis. Alternatively Energy charge for emergency assistance to CPP should be same as that of supply rate of surplus power.


Construction power has to be classified separately and no demand charge should be levied.


Tariff for all categories has to be fixed for at least a period of 5 years. Annual changes should be made in respect of variable cost only.


Sundargarh Dist. Employers Association


Shri Gobardhan Pujari represented Sundargarh District Employers Association. He strongly objected to tariff increase on various grounds.


Maintenance of accounts by the Licensee is mandatory under Companies Act., Income Tax Act and Electricity (Supply) Act. They are bound to complete the accounts within six months of the close of the year. Therefore making a submission that Audited Accounts are not available is a deliberate attempt to hide the fact.


Under Electricity Supply Annual Account Rule 1985 higher valuation of asset is not permissible and as such asset should be shown at historical cost and not on revalued cost.


Basis of allocation of expenditure on the cost of EHT, HT, LT supply has not been given. Therefore it is not possible to decide the average cost of supply in respect of different categories of consumers. Also present tariff system does not provide incentive for HT/EHT consumers. WESCO has not furnished details of Bad Debt which is written off. Further WESCO has not disclosed the steps taken to realise the debt and also not shown the particular of debts which has been considered to be bad.


WESCO in their calculation of revenue earned in the current year as well as in the ensuing year has not shown separately the revenue from demand charge and energy charge. He pleaded that the principle of demand charge to be applied to distribution company should be on similar line with generating companies. WESCO has not given any indication about the steps taken to optimise capacity utilisation and to reduce T&D loss.


Proposal given by WESCO to compensate the loss of NESCO and SOUTHCO is against the principle of natural justice. WESCO’s objection for not allowing to instal of CPP for a period of three years is unjustified. His logic for setting of CPP is that there will be real competition and the benefit will be reaped by consumers.


WESCO should inject some amount of equity capital in the business to minimise the interest burden. Depreciation should be calculated as per the standard accounting procedure.


Consumer security deposits should be deducted for calculating the Capital Base but this has not been taken into consideration by WESCO.


WESCO is not entitled to transfer its profit to other companies. Instead of asking for subsidy directly, WESCO has proposed rise in tariff to cover its own inefficiency.


WESCO is paying a sum of rupees 1.29/units to GRIDCO and is proposing the sale the same at an average price of rupees 4.30/unit to HT and EHT consumers. This is not justified. WESCO has not given any plan for cost reduction.



The Managing Director of WESCO replied to the various issues raised by the objectors.


In its rejoinder to the above objections WESCO stated that the proposed increase in tariff is based on a reasonably accurate estimate of the revenue requirement of 1999-00 and would be applicable only for a part of the year resulting in a huge loss for the DISTCOs. For maintaining the viability of the power sector a balance need be struck between the interest of the licensee and the interest of the consumers. The proposal of the licensee aims at that. WESCO’s application has been submitted basing on the present BST tariff and the question of the licensee resorting to high cost power does not arise.


T&D loss as reflected in the management information system of the previous financial year indicates a higher level of loss than what has been projected by GRIDCO. WESCO is carrying massive metering plan and adopting other measures for reduction of losses like installation of LT less transformers and strengthening the distribution system. The benefits of loss reduction measures now being undertaken will take time to fructify. WESCO is committed to reduce distribution losses and has targeted at 40% during 1999-00.


A large number of LT Consumers continue to pay tariffs significantly lower than their cost of supply. Elimination of cross subsidy would be essential to undertake substantial measures towards further tariff reforms where tariff could be differentiated on the basis of time of use, extent of use, and manner of use. For avoiding sharp increases in tariff, OERC recognises the gradual process of elimination of cross subsidy over a period of time. Hence cross subsidy would have to continue till such time and that licensee will not be in a position to bring down cost for HT and EHT consumers.


It is stated that the calculations made by the UCCI regarding revenue requirements of WESCO are not based on facts and, therefore, are not correct. WESCO's application has been submitted basing on the present BST tariff and the question of the licensee resorting to high cost power does not arise. Employee Cost and Administration & General Expenses have been computed based on the company's actual for the early months of the fiscal year. With regard to Bad Debts, it is submitted that the arrears from the State Government Departments and undertakings as on 31.03.99 have been transferred to GRIDCO and have not been transferred to WESCO's account. The remaining opening debtors as on 01.04.99 have been inherited from GRIDCO. A large chunk of arrear appears to be doubtful. It is proposed to write off such bad and doubtful debts during a period of three years. The interest component of the total expenses is estimated correctly and the provision of contingencies reserve has been made as per the Electricity Supply Act, 1948.


With reference to objections of some industrial consumers, WESCO in its rejoinder said that several measures were being taken to improve the supply system after taking over the charge and the benefits of the same shall be visible over a period of time. Load surveys are being made and steps have been taken to provide meters to all classes of consumers. WESCO has continued the incentive for consumption beyond 60% load factor by proposing a discount of 10% on such consumption.


WESCO in its rejoinder to the objections raised by Railways stated that it purchased power from GRIDCO who in turn purchases the same from different generators including NTPC. The selling price of power to the ultimate consumers like railway is bound to be higher than the NTPC rate due to additional cost of transmission.


Over drawal by a consumer places additional financial burden on the system as the incremental power purchase cost is always high. It puts additional burden on system stability and reliability and thereby affects other consumers apart from disturbing the power procurement planning. Thus the levy of over drawal charge is justified. Regarding defective meters, WESCO stated that the rules and procedure prescribed in the OERC Distribution Code, 1998 has to be implemented and those issues cannot be settled in a tariff proceeding.


Referring to the structure of tariff, WESCO said that consumers having more than 100 KW connected load were charged on the basis of a two-part tariff consisting of demand and energy charges. The demand charge is being charged on 80% of the contract demand or recorded demand whichever is higher and energy charge is being charged on the actual consumption. The Monthly Minimum Fixed Charge is being charged in respect of consumers having contract demand of less than 100 KW/110 KVA. WESCO further clarified that there was no such proposal for a MMFC in respect of the Railways. The retail tariff order of 1998-99 permits either a rebate for timely payment or the levy of delayed payment surcharge and not both for a particular consumer category and the same has been followed by WESCO in its tariff proposal.


There is no proposal to bring in changes in the existing tariff with regard to power factor penalty or introducing incentive for improved power factor.


The Railways avail supply at HT voltage where the interruptions are negligible. Besides the frequency and voltage of supply depends upon the system voltage and frequency and the retail licensee has no control over the same.


As regards the EOUs MD, WESCO stated that at present no EOUs exist in WESCO zone and as such no separate category has been indicated in tariff structure for such type of consumers.


WESCO’s rejoinder covered a number of other issues. As regards transfer of pension liabilities as on 31.03.99 it was stated that GRIDCO has agreed to transfer of pension liabilities to WESCO and as such there is no proposal to include the pension liabilities as on 31.03.99 into tariff proposal.


Tariff order of 1998-99 permits either a rebate for timely payment or a levy of delayed payment surcharge and not both for a particular consumer category. WESCO's proposal continues with this principle.


As stated by WESCO the matter relating to improvement in supply condition is to be considered separately from the tariff application.


The monthly minimum fixed charge (MMFC) is being levied in respect of consumers having contract demand of less than 100 KW/110 KVA in line with the levy of demand and energy charges on consumer having connected load having more than 100 KW/110 KVA.


The procedure of allowing only 10% of the total consumption by a HT industry as housing colony consumption at a reduced tariff is a liberal concession. The proposed colony consumption tariff is still lower than the proposed tariff charges for consumption during peak hours by EOUs.


As regards the issue of refund of the excess security deposit WESCO in its rejoinder stated that the excess security deposit as claim by the objector bears no relation to the case under consideration.


In its rejoinder WESCO also clarified its stance on Captive Power Plants. WESCO advocates that industry is inclined to set up CPPs due to the prevailing distorted tariff structure where the industrial consumer subsidises the domestic consumer. The GoO had given a boost to CPPs by permitting third party sale of power under Section 28(1) of the Indian Electricity Act, 1910. This has resulted in a reduction in consumption of Grid power by the industrial consumers and a corresponding increase in the burden of tariff on the consumers who continue under the grid. The OERC has discussed the issue of captive generation and of third party sale on various occasions. Third party sale would be allowed if the permission had been obtained from the GoO under the said section before the enactment of OER Act. After the enactment of OER Act, third party sale is not permitted. Orissa is a power surplus state and therefore does not require installation of additional capacity at this time. Obviously large power plants are economical compared to CPPs. Thus allowing CPPs would mean uneconomical allocation of scarce resources. What is therefore needed is a necessary correction in the distorted price structure which would be more difficult if further addition is made to captive capacity. If CPPs are allowed, it would mean lower generation from the large power plants which would increase the average cost of generation. The IPPs already have take-or-pay conditions in the PPAs and the introduction of availability based tariff is currently under consideration which would result in higher cost/unit.


While certain industrial consumers have the option to set up captive generators a large number of consumers do not enjoy that choice. Therefore encouragement of captive generation would adversely affect consumers like households, small industries, public lighting and public water works etc.


WESCO replied to the issues raised by Director (Tariff), OERC and submitted that the company is undertaking Rural Electrification Works to the tune of Rs. 18.95 crores in the year 1999-00 as per the direction of the Govt. of Orissa. They have submitted a request to the Govt. of Orissa for grant of revenue subsidy and have not received any response as yet. They have also sought for specific approval from OERC.


Regarding meter, orders were placed by GRIDCO prior to 1.4.99. Orders of investment were finalised by World Bank Loan programme at GRIDCO level prior to 1.4.99. The material are being received now and implementation is being done. WESCO is only executing the earlier scheme.


Maximum demand of WESCO is calculated by GRIDCO on simultaneous arithmetic sum of demand recorded every half an hour.


HT feeders are supplying to HT and LT consumers and hence estimating HT loss is not possible.


Regarding status of HT and EHT metering, the Licensee stated that quarterly report regarding installation of meters is regularly submitted to OERC.




We have noted that vital issues have been raised by the objectors and the Commission had the benefit of many useful suggestions. We have given careful consideration to each one of the issues raised by the objectors and have analysed the submissions made by the licensee in the light of these issues. However, we must note that some of the objections raised during the hearing were not relevant to the present tariff proceeding.


As has been observed in the Commission’s Order No.19 of 1998 the issues like reform, restructuring, privatisation, revaluation of assets on transfer to GRIDCO and OHPC are not within the scope of this Commission since such issues are matters of public policy and legislation. Hence these aspects need not be dealt in this Order on tariff. Similarly recurring complaints on consumer service has to be dealt in appropriate proceedings. The Commission is monitoring the performance of licensees as required under law. Therefore, such issues are not being dealt with by the Commission while examining the present tariff proposal.


We do not find it necessary to specifically comment on each one of the objections. The objections with regard to financial aspects and with regard to tariff design as well as various suggestions on these aspects shall be dealt by us in the later part of the order while dealing with the revenue requirement and while determining tariff. However, we may record out observations specifically on a few issues which do not conveniently fit into the module of either revenue requirement or tariff.


The licensee has suggested uniform tariff for the three utilities under the management of BSES like WESCO, NESCO and SOUTHCO. In view of substantial difference in consumer composition, distance from the generating stations, levels of efficiency and other factors, the financial viability will have to be widely different in case of these three companies. In this background, WESCO has suggested that additional revenue earned by the licensee may be transferred to NESCO and SOUTHCO through a Special Appropriation under Section XVII(c)(vi) of the Sixth Schedule of ESA with the permission of OERC.


This request by the Licensee has wider implication. The Commission after careful consideration and has come to a decision that while differential tariff for different companies will be eventually inevitable at the present stage of transition it is desirable to have uniform tariff for all the four distribution companies in Orissa. However, we are unable to accept the request of any adjustment and financial flow between different companies through innovative method such as special category capital or revenue subsidy. Each company’s finance and tariff has to be examined independently in accordance with Sixth Schedule and other provisions of the Act, 1948. The Commission does not approve of inter-linkings in financial matters between different companies. Therefore, the request of WESCO in this regard cannot be acceded to.


With regard to the Licensee’s request that captive generation should not be permitted for a period of three years, we have noted the rationale of the request as given in the tariff application as well as in the rejoinder. We have also noted that representatives of industry and others have vehemently opposed to the request mainly on the ground that any prohibition in setting up captive power plant will retard industrial progress and that it will result in monopolistic environment not compatible with the aims and objectives of the Reform Act. We would like to note that determination of tariff has to be in the background of existing regulatory environment and that tariff proceeding is not the appropriate occasion for taking a decision in this matter for which the views of all concerned as well as Govt. policy have to be taken into account.


In course of the hearing, consumers of different categories have highlighted the impact of tariff with reference to financial viability, commercial consideration and ability to pay. While we have taken into account the overall interest of the consumers we have also given equal consideration to the financial viability of the Licensee and the necessity of the State for fostering a healthy electricity industry. Ability to pay, lack of funds or competitiveness of any particular industry either in the domestic or in international market cannot be the guiding consideration in designing tariff. The Commission does not find it desirable to move beyond the considerations incorporated in Section 26(2) and Section 26(5) of the Reform Act.


The Reform Act, 1995 envisages a tariff structure that would bring about efficiency and economy in the supply and consumption of electricity. The Reform Act, 1995, also aims at a tariff that would reflect cost, would be linked to efficiency and would eliminate inter-class and intra-class subsidies.


The Commission is also deeply aware of its role in balancing the conflicting interest of various stakeholders, bringing about efficiency and economy in the use of electricity and designing a tariff structure that should be just, fair and reasonable. The low voltage consumers expect a tariff that is affordable and the high and extra high voltage consumers are pleading for a tariff that should reduce their burden of cross-subsidy. While taking note of these factors, we have also to go by the mandate in law to allow reasonable return to the investors in the electricity industry in the State.


During the course of hearing, some of the objectors made a strong plea that since the super cyclone has completely destroyed the agricultural and industrial infrastructure of the State and has affected large number of consumers, there should be no increase in tariff and the proposal should be kept on hold. The Commission is not only aware of but deeply sensitive to the ground conditions in the State in the aftermath of the super cyclone. Much as the Commission would have liked to do the contrary, it would not be reasonable for the Commission to deny any increase whatsoever in tariff because such denial would impinge not only on the financial viability of the Licensee but would also affect its operational efficiency.


We, therefore, proceed to examine the revenue requirement and expected aggregate revenue from charges of WESCO for 1999-00 and subsequently to examine the tariff proposed by WESCO to give our findings and orders thereon in accordance with the extant law.




After its formation and obtaining licence for distribution and retail supply, WESCO has submitted its revenue requirement for the year 1999-00 for which no comparative figure for the last Financial Year is available. The Commission has for the purpose of analysing the revenue requirement relied on the disaggregated audited accounts submitted by GRIDCO for the Financial Year 1997-98 and the data & records presented to the Commission by WESCO as well as the facts and arguments placed by the objectors before it.


Quantum of Power Purchase


The volume of power purchase is dependent on the quantum of energy sold to the consumers and the transmission and system loss. While estimating energy sale for 1999-00, WESCO has analysed the pattern of consumption of various groups of consumers for 1997-98 and 1998-99 and projected this figures for the financial year 1999-00 in the format prescribed by OERC. According to the analysis of energy sale mix between LT, HT, EHT consumers for the FY 99, LT consumption accounted for 35.82% while HT & EHT consumption accounted for 23.94% and 40.23% respectively. WESCO has reported that for the purpose of estimation of sale of energy for FY 1999-00, it has evaluated the past billing information for each category, compared the consumption for the first quarter of 1999-00 with the corresponding period of the financial year 1998-99, studied the loss reduction initiatives and their impact on billing, analysed energy off-take of consumers in HT & EHT category and used realistic assumptions and current economic situation.


The Commission has analysed the consumption of various groups of consumers and has studied the consumption of all HT & EHT consumers. A detailed analysis of the billed units of the LT consumers particularly the domestic and commercial consumers without meters or with defective meters was also carried out. Consumers with correct meters are billed on the basis of actual meter reading whereas others with defective meters or no meters at all are billed on the basis of a load factor. The Commission has prescribed detailed formats to determine the consumption for all such consumers. WESCO has requested the Commission to accept data on consumption of LT consumers based on the meter readings for the months of April and May 99 in respect of Domestic, Commercial, Irrigation and Small Industries categories of consumers throughout WESCO. Treating the meter reading of April and May 99 as sample, consumption for a period of 12 moths for WESCO as a whole has been estimated through a computer model. While accepting, in the absence of complete data, this method of sampling for the purpose of the present application, the Commission enjoins upon WESCO that for future applications it must maintain the required information for calculation of consumption by various classes of consumers in the format prescribed by OERC.


For the year 1999-00, the break up of energy sale forecast by WESCO is as follows :-


620.52 Units


346.14 Units




1472.66 Units


This is a decrease of about 0.5% compared to the sale in FY 1999. A comparative picture of the consumption of the previous two years along with projection of 1999-00 is in Table : 3.

Table : 3
Consumption in MU






















WESCO has reported that there has been decline in consumption by large industries on HT and heavy industries availing power at EHT during the first quarter of 1999-00 when compared with the corresponding period of the year 1998-99. There has also been a substantial decrease in consumption by consumers in the power intensive category. Increase in consumption during the first quarter of the year by the consumers covered under general purpose tariff and large industries on EHT has, however, been observed. The Commission on examination of the above figures of WESCO approves the forecast of energy sale by WESCO in para 7.2.3.


Transmission & Distribution Loss


WESCO has estimated T&D loss as 40% in 1999-00. WESCO has stated that as per MIS figure for the year 1998-99, the indicated loss figure is 46%.


WESCO’s estimation of the overall loss percentage as 40% does not include the loss at EHT which is being recovered by the Transmission and Bulk Supply Licensee i.e. GRIDCO, through the Bulk Supply Tariff. In effect, therefore, the end-use consumers of WESCO would have to bear the EHT loss passed through in the BST in addition to 40% loss proposed by WESCO. A large majority of the objectors have questioned the high percentage of system loss proposed by WESCO and have suggested bringing it down to 28%. Most of the objectors were unanimous in their opinion that this high level of T&D loss has remained uncontrolled during the past three years and no tangible achievement has taken place in this area of loss reduction and the consumers are again being burdened with this high loss. The objectors are of the opinion that the change from OSEB to GRIDCO and subsequently to separate distribution licensees as a part of the reform process for rendering efficient and economic service to the consumers have been totally belied. Unauthorised use of electricity by dishonest persons is largely responsible for T&D loss which is proposed to be passed on to the honest consumers. Similar is the case of replacement of defective meters or installation of new meters which should have encouraged correct recording of energy consumption and consequent billing to the consumers. They have stated that during the last three financial years while there is a progressive rise in the quantum of purchase, there is no commensurate growth in sales. Increase in billed revenue is largely attributable to the higher load factor billing approved by the Commission. One of the objectors pointed out that load factor billing is misutilised by many consumers with defective meters who pay a fixed amount but consume far in excess including selling it to third parties covertly. Many objectors drew pointed attention to the mismanagement and complete negation of the Commission’s direction on loss reduction and insisted that the Commission should not allow the high percentage of system loss proposed by the Distribution Licensee. They said that under no circumstances, the percentage of T&D loss should not be allowed at a level higher than 28%.


WESCO has stated that recognising the energy losses at 35% compared to actual losses of 43% to 46% is a wide departure from the sixth schedule to the Act, 1948.


Since the present loss level has been inherited by WESCO from GRIDCO, they have requested, to reconsider the benchmark of 35% fixed by OERC and consider Distribution loss of 40% as a reasonable target for the year 1999-00.


WESCO, in its rejoinder during hearing for Retail Supply Tariff, explained that they are committed to reduce distribution losses. WESCO has already embarked on a massive metering plan the progress of which is being reported to OERC. Additionally, several other projects are being undertaken to strengthen the distribution system. However, the benefit of all the above initiatives would accrue only over a period of time the distribution loss during the financial year 1999-00. WESCO has requested OERC to propose a mechanism of sharing the revenue loss between other constituents (i.e. GRIDCO, Govt, of Orissa and other sectors) so that the extent of loss shared is in consonance with the party’s ability to bear the loss and the consumers are insulated from a sharp increase in tariff.


WESCO stated that a significant portion of electricity consumed in Orissa is not metered making it difficult to accurately establish the extent of energy loss. The most reliable data for the actual energy loss is the energy audit carried out in 1996 as a part of reform programme. The information memorandum circulated at the time of inviting bids for privatisation the distribution energy loss for 1996-97 for WESCO was shown as 40%. The memorandum also projected very ambitious loss reduction targets. Contrary to the expectations of the information memorandum the distribution loss for the year 1998-99 based on the MIS figure of GRIDCO shows a loss figure of 46% which WESCO believes is a comparative estimates.


WESCO has stated that based on their experience a loss reduction of 2% to 3% will be possible for 1999-00. Accordingly it has targeted to reduce the loss to 40%.


The Commission has very carefully considered the position stated by WESCO about its very short period of operation in the business of distribution since 01.4.99 which is inadequate to show significant result in the area of loss reduction. The Commission has noted the loss reduction measures proposed by WESCO and would like to be apprised of the progress achieved in implementing them at the end of each quarter. The Commission has also taken note of the objections to WESCO assuming a T&D loss of 40% almost three years after the Commission determined the benchmark of 35%. While WESCO insists on the T&D loss of 40% in addition to the transmission loss of 4% in GRIDCO’s system, the objectors want this loss to be as low as 28%. WESCO has not presented any detailed data to the Commission justifying its claim of a T&D loss as high as 40%. We must make it clear that data furnished by the Licensee to claim revision of benchmark of T&D loss is without solid basis. It has not completed a year of operation and, therefore, has made its analysis and projections on the basis of data handed down by GRIDCO whose accounts for 1998-99 have not been audited yet. The additional sampling of two months does not reflect a reliable picture mainly because the figures are also based on load factor. We also agree with the objectors that no perceptible steps have been taken for checking pilferage and other illegal abstraction of energy. In the circumstances, particularly in the absence of any credible evidential data, the Commission does not find it desirable to revise its benchmark of 35% of T&D loss for tariff determination.


Since WESCO proposes to sell 1472.66 MU, power to be purchased by GRIDCO for WESCO from the generators applying a loss of 35% is determined as 2265.63 MU (1472.66/0.65). Therefore, WESCO’s purchase from GRIDCO should be limited to 4% less (being the approved transmission loss in EHT) than what is purchased by GRIDCO for WESCO. Accordingly, for the purpose of revenue requirement, WESCO is expected to purchase only 2175.00 MU to meet its sale requirement of 1472.66 MU for the year 1999-00. The system loss in WESCO is 2175.00 MU – 1472.66- MU =702.34 MU. The loss of 702.34 MU in WESCO’s system expressed as a percentage of units purchased for WESCO by GRIDCO is (702.34/2265.63) or 31%. Therefore, out of the energy purchased for WESCO by GRIDCO, 4% is deemed to have been lost in EHT system of GRIDCO and 31% is lost in the Distribution system of WESCO. Thus the end use consumer pays for a total of 35% of the energy purchased for supply. This loss of 702.34 MU expressed as a percentage of input to the WESCO system is (702.34/2175.00) 32.29%. Therefore, the distribution loss allowed for WESCO for the purpose of revenue requirement is fixed at 32.29%.This is presented in table : 4.

Table : 4

Sale projected by WESCO

1472.66 MU

Power to be purchased by GRIDCO for WESCO applying a loss level of 35%

1472.66/0.65 = 2265.63 MU

Power to be purchased by WESCO from GRIDCO less loss of 4% at EHT

2265.63 x 0.96 = 2175.00 MU

Energy loss in WESCO’s system

2175.00–1472.66=702.34 MU

Distribution loss of WESCO’s system

702.34/2175.00 = 32.29%


Cost of Power


WESCO has to purchase 2175.00 MU from GRIDCO at the Commission’s approved rate of Rs.200/KVA/month + 99.20 paise/unit. The Commission has examined the power purchase bills of WESCO for April, 1999 to July, 1999. The bill details have been supplied by WESCO in its clarification submitted to the Commission in Table : 7 of the clarification on Retail Supply Tariff of 1999-00. The average cost per unit of power purchased from GRIDCO for the months of April, 1999 to October, 1999 is 127.16 paise/unit. Since there would be an enhancement in the energy charge by 13.7 paise/unit according to the BST determined by the Commission now, the rate/unit payable by WESCO would be 140.86 paise/unit. The cost of power @ 140.86 paise/unit for purchase of 2175..0 MU would, therefore, be Rs.306.37 crores.


Operating Expenses


The operating expenses for distribution and retail supply may be considered under the following heads:-

Employees Cost
Administration & General Expenses
Repair and Maintenance Expenses
Less expenses capitalized


Employees Cost


WESCO has proposed Rs.48.86 crores for the FY 1999-00 towards Employees Cost. The claim is said to be based on audited accounts for 1997-98 and revised budget estimates for 1998-99. It is seen that this does not include other employee related expenses such as Rs.4.68 crores towards contribution to Provident Fund, Staff Pension and Gratuity and Rs.0.10 crores towards training which have been shown separately. Employees Cost for WESCO in the disaggregated and audited accounts for the year 1997-98 was Rs.43.04 crores which included salaries, wages, allowances, benefits, staff welfare expenses and terminal benefits. WESCO, in response to the Commission’s query, has submitted comparative itemwise details for the FY 1997-98 (audited accounts), estimated figure for FY 1998-99 and projected amount for FY 1999-00. The number of employees on roll as on 01.09.19 is in Table : 5.

Table : 5


















We have examined the data furnished by the Licensee. The Commission considers it reasonable to adopt a 3% annual increase on account of normal increment in salaries & house rent allowance and a 6% annual increase in order to factor in inflation for other expenses (including dearness allowance) on base figure of FY 1997-98 as reasonable. However, in regard to staff welfare expenses the base has been taken at a reduced figure of Rs.0.24 crores allocated on the basis of percentage of employees allotted to WESCO from the undivided GRIDCO. Accordingly, the total estimated expenses under this head is approved at Rs.48.62 crores. The Employees cost proposed by the Licensee and the Commission’s decision on Employees Cost are indicated in Table : 6.

Table : 6
(Rs. in crores)

Sl. No


gated account of 1997-98

Estt. by Licensee 1998-99

Projected by Licensee 1999-00

Approved By Commission








Over time






Dearness Allowance






Other Allowance












Total Emoluments
(1 to 5)






Other Staff Cost






Reimbursement of Medical Expenses






Leave Travel Concession






Reimbursement of H.R.






Interim Relief of Staff






Encashment of earned leave












Payments under Workmens Compensation Act












Other cost






Total Other Staff Cost (7 to 15)






Staff Welfare Expenses






Terminal Benefits






Total (6+16+17+18)






Administration & General Expenses


WESCO has proposed A&G expenses for 1999-00 as Rs.5.06 crores. These expenses include expenses on communication, travel, training and other charges. WESCO has also separately proposed of Rs.0.20 crores, Rs.0.08 crores and Rs.0.05 crores towards rent, rates, taxes, legal charges and audit fees, respectively. For the year 1999-00, WESCO expects a significant increase in A&G expenses on account of increase in infrastructure and consumable requirement.


The Commission has examined the Licensee’s proposal on A&G Expenses. A&G expenses as per the disaggregated accounts of GRIDCO for 1997-98 was Rs.2.48 crores excluding Bad Debt. This included Legal expenses, Rent, Rate, Taxes and Audit Fees. The Commission considers it reasonable to allow an annual increase of 6% over audited figure of 1997-98 to factor in inflation. Accordingly, A&G Expenses for 1999-00 is approved as Rs.2.79 crores as against Rs.5.39 proposed projected by WESCO.


Repair and Maintenance Expenses


The R&M expenses proposed by WESCO is Rs.14.43 crores for the FY 1999-00. This has been calculated as 5.4% of the gross fixed assets at the beginning of the year indicated in the transfer notification dtd. 25.11.98. The Commission considers the proposal reasonable and approves Rs.14.43 crores as R & M expenses for the FY 1999-00.


Interest on Loan


WESCO has proposed an amount of Rs.20.23 crores to be charged to revenue on account of interest including a sum of Rs.1.12 crores towards interest on working capital. It is seen that interest amounting to Rs.19.11 crores is attributable to loan of Rs.145.66 crores allocated to WESCO and does not relate to any fresh loan taken by WESCO. Out of this interest amount of Rs.19.11 crores, Rs.15.38 crores is on account of subsidiary loan from GRIDCO (based on the transfer notification dtd.25.11.98) on an outstanding loan of Rs.116.96 crores as on 01.04.99 and Rs.3.73 crores on the World Bank Loan of Rs.28.70 crores as on 01.04.99. Hence the interest amount of Rs.19.11 has been allowed.


The Commission also finds the interest of Rs.1.12 crores towards working capital projected by the Licensee as reasonable and hence chargeable to revenue for the FY 1999-00. Thus the total expenses on interest chargeable to revenue is as follows :-

Interest on long-term loans

Rs.19.11 crores

Interest of working capital

Rs. 1.12 crores



Rs.20.23 crores




WESCO has proposed depreciation of Rs.20.62 crores calculated on the basis of Government of India notification. The Commission accepts the figure of Rs.20.62 crores on account of depreciation for the year 1999-00.


Bad and Doubtful Debt


WESCO has proposed Rs.44.10 crores as Bad & Doubtful Debt during 1999-00. In the audited accounts of GRIDCO for 1997-98, WESCO has been allocated Rs.10.13 crores on this account.


In order to estimate the provisioning towards bad debts WESCO has categorised the debtors into two categories (a) Debtors on account of sales made during the ensuing year (b) Opening debtors for the ensuing year. For the debtors created on account of sales made during the ensuing year the provisioning towards bad debts has been considered to be equal to 3% of sales for the ensuing year. In case of the opening debtors for the ensuing year, it has estimated that at least 75% of these would be bad or doubtful. This in its opinion is due to overestimation of gross receivables. In order to phase out the impact on tariffs, it has proposed to provide for accumulated debts over a period of three years.


Many objectors have questioned the provision for Rs.44.10 crores on account of Bad and Doubtful debt. Dr. S. K. Mishra, Rourkela, Indian Aluminium Company, Hirakud, Utkal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cuttack and Sundergarh Dist. Employees’ Association have strongly objected to provision of such high amount towards Bad and Doubtful Debt. They said that the bad and doubtful debt was an indication of inefficiency of operation and in fact should decrease every year. It has also been stated that Licensee has not disclosed the list of debtors, has given no basis of arriving at the conclusion on irrecoverablity of the debts and has not disclosed steps taken for realising them.


The Commission is of the view that allowing bad debt as a percentage of outstandings as on the last day of the year when the outstanding are galloping from year to year without handling more energy would be putting a premium on inefficiency in realisation of dues. The Commission endorses the view that the Licensee must improve its billing and collection efficiency so that provision for bad and doubtful debt is reduced from year to year. The Commission does not consider it appropriate to allow 1/3rd of 75% of the opening debtors for passing on to tariff. In the tariff order of 1998-99 a reasonable assumption of 15% of the differential between gross book debt as on 31.03.98 and 31.03.99 was assumed as bad and doubtful debts. In the absence of even provisional figures for FY 1998-99, it will be too much of a conjecture to arrive at a base figure for calculating provision for bad debt on lines similar to last year. Hence provision for Bad and Doubtful Debt may be made as 15% of total outstanding as on 31.03.2000 on the assumption that two months dues shall be receivable on that date. Two months of the total sale as receivables at the end of the financial year has been calculated as 16.66% of the total sale. 15% of 16.66% (16.66% x 15%) = 2.49% (of 2.5%) of the gross annual sale can be assumed to be Bad and Doubtful Debt for being charging to revenue against 3% claimed by the Licensee. On this basis, the Commission approves Rs.10.60 crores as Bad and Doubtful Debt.


Contribution to Contingency Reserve


WESCO has provided Rs.1.00 crores towards Contribution to Contingency Reserve. It is within the limit prescribed in the Sixth Schedule to the Act, 1948 and is accepted in full.


Capital Base


Original Cost of Fixed Assets

WESCO has projected its original cost of fixed assets at Rs.328.31 crores as on 31.03.2000. As the Licensee has not completed a full financial year of its operation, the only data available are - figures shown in transfer scheme and provisional figures supplied by the Licensee. In the absence of audited accounts, the Commission considers it reasonable to accept the figure given by the Licensee as it appears in the transfer scheme.

Original cost of fixed assets as on 31.03.1999 and 31.03.2000 are Rs.267.16 crores and Rs.328.31 crores respectively revealing asset addition of Rs.61.15 crores during 1999-00. This includes investment of Rs.12.00 crores and interest capitalized thereon amounting to Rs.1.35 crores on account of rural electrification works.

No proposal for investment in rural electrification work has yet been approved by the Commission. Investment on rural electrification has to be planned only when subsidy is available to bridge the gap between the cost of investment and revenue recoverable. The Licensee should not take up investment on uneconomic projects which will burden the consumers. Therefore, without firm commitment of subsidy from the government and without approval of the Commission for the investment, the capital addition on account of rural electrification work cannot be allowed to be included in the capital base for earning return. The Commission has decided to retrench Rs.13.35 crores (capital expenditure of Rs.12.00 crores and interest during construction thereon of Rs.1.35 crores) from Rs.328.31 crores. Thus, fixed assets as on 31.03.2000 approved by the Commission would be Rs.314.96 crores as against Rs.328.31 crores projected by the Licensee.


Receipts against Consumers Contribution


The aggregated receipts against consumers contribution at Rs.50.78 crores has been rightly deducted from fixed asset while calculating of capital base.


Original cost of Work In Progress


For the purpose of Capital Base calculation, WESCO has projected Rs.25.47 crores towards original cost of work in progress. This includes a sum of Rs.8.00 crores towards rural electrification works for which no approval from the competent authority has been taken. As we are adopting cost-based tariff, it is essential to see that each and every project undertaken by the Licensee is commercially viable. So far social projects are concerned they should be duly subsidized by the Government through budgetary support so that the cost of any uneconomic project is not borne by the consumers.


As observed earlier at para 6.1.2 the Commission considers it unreasonable to include rural electrification projects in the Capital Base unless these projects are proved to be commercially viable or the Govt. of Orissa supports these schemes by providing subsidies. Accordingly, a sum of Rs.8.00 crores has been deleted from the original cost of work in progress which should now be Rs.17.47 crores.


Compulsory Investment under Para IV


WESCO has projected Rs.1.00 crores against Compulsory Investment to form a part of the Capital Base. It has to be noted that amount of investment compulsorily made in accordance with para IV(2) of the Sixth Schedule of the Act, 1948, can only be included in the Capital Base. No investment has yet been made and hence the amount is not included now. This can be allowed to be included if and when evidence of investment out of appropriation towards contingency reserves is produced.


Working Capital


Average Cost of Stores

According to para XVII(e)(i) of the Sixth Schedule of the Act, 1948, a sum equal to one-twelfth of the sum of book cost of stores, materials and supplies including fuel on hand at the end of each month of the year of account should be taken into account as working capital for calculating the Capital Base. WESCO has proposed Rs.3.61 crores towards average cost of stores in the working capital estimated on the basis of 3 months consumption of materials (R&M expenses). Assuming on a lead-time of 3 months for procurement of materials.

A stock of three months’ consumption of materials at any particular point of time can be considered reasonable. Accordingly the Commission approves one-forth of the total annual consumption of materials i.e. Rs.3.61 crores as reasonable for the purpose of working capital for stores to be included in the Capital Base.


Average Cash and Bank Balance

WESCO has proposed Rs.9.75 crores constituting two month’s of Employees Cost and Administration & General Expenses towards working capital requirement in the form of cash and bank balance. As stated in para XVII(1)(e)(ii) of the Sixth Schedule of the Act, 1948, an amount equal to 1/12th of the sum of cash & bank balances and call and short term deposits at the end of each month of the year of account, not exceeding the sum specified therein can be included in the Capital Base.

As cash and bank balance at the end of each month of the year of account for 1999-00 cannot be predicted now, a sum equal to two months payment of Employees cost and A&G Expenses is considered reasonable ceiling for cash and bank balance to be included in the Capital Base. We, therefore, approve a sum of Rs.8.49 crores as cash and bank balance for meeting working capital requirements.


Accumulated Depreciation


WESCO has proposed a sum of Rs.75.96 crores towards amounts written off or set aside on account of depreciation as on 31.03.2000. The Commission accepts the amount of Rs.75.96 crores as a deduction for the purpose of Capital Base.


Loans and Bonds


WESCO has stated that the loans and bonds for its distribution and retail supply business as per the transfer scheme notification for the period ending 31.3.99 amounted to Rs.145.66 crores. During the year 1999-00, WESCO proposes to raise fresh loans amounting to Rs.47.65 crores. At the end of FY 1999-00, the amount of loans and bonds will reach a figure of Rs.185.01 crores taking the due repayments during the year into consideration.


As discussed in para above, capital expenditure for the purpose of rural electrification during 1999-00 has not been considered as either authorised or prudent. The Commission, therefore, has to exclude the loan taken for rural electrification. The Commission’s revised estimate is in Table :

Table : 7
(Rs. in crores)

Loans and bonds


Less : fresh REC loan for the year 1999-00 Including interest during construction





Consumers’ Security Deposit


WESCO has stated that consumers’ security deposit has not been considered as a long-term source of funds. It has stated that the same has not been utilised for creation of fixed assets and the amount of consumers’ security deposit has been shown as a current liability and not as a long term liability in the provisional balance sheet given in the transfer scheme. WESCO has, therefore, pleaded that it would be incorrect to deduct the amount corresponding to the consumers’ security deposit in the computation of Capital Base.


The position taken by WESCO is not tenable under law. Firstly, the Licensee itself has shown the amount as deductible in the calculation of Capital Base for 1998-99. Secondly, the amount deposited in cash with the Licensee by the consumers as security is clearly deductible for the purpose of determination of Capital Base as per provision of para XVII of the Sixth Schedule of the Act, 1948. Accordingly, an amount of Rs.48.83 crores appearing in the working capital schedule is deducted in the computation of Capital Base.


Based on the forgoing observations, the Commission finds that Capital Base for 1999-00 for the purpose of Sixth Schedule has to be taken at Rs.5.30 crores (vide Annexure to this order) as against Rs.56.39 crores proposed by WESCO.


Reasonable Return


WESCO has calculated the reasonable return by multiplying the standard rate of 16% to the Capital Base of Rs.56.39 crores in addition to 0.5% on loans approved by the State Govt. Thus, WESCO has proposed an amount of Rs.9.87 crores towards reasonable return. We are unable to accept this figure as we have not approved the base figure of capital base. Reasonable return calculated in accordance with Govt. of India, Ministry of Power notification dated 5th May, 1999 would be Rs.1.51 crores on a Capital Base of Rs.5.30 crores as in Table : 8.

Table : 8
(Rs. in crores)


Proposed by WESCO

Commission’s calculation





Capital base




Reasonable return 16% on investment made after 31.3.99




13% on investment made upto 31.3.99




0.5% of loan outstanding as at the end of year 1999-00










Miscellaneous Receipt


The licensee has rightly proposed an amount of Rs.0.17 crores as miscellaneous receipt from interest on investment for the year 1999-00. This figure excludes meter rent of Rs.2.25 crores for the year 1999-00.


Revenue Requirement, Reasonable Return and Clear Profit


In the light of above decisions and calculation, the Commission approves expenditure for the purpose of revenue requirement for the year 1999-00 at Rs.423.66 crores as against Rs.475.86 crores proposed by WESCO. At para 7.12 above special appropriation of Rs.1.00 crores has been approved on account of contribution to contingency reserve as proposed by WESCO. Reasonable return has been approved in para (7.21.1) at Rs.1.51 crores against Rs.9.87 crores proposed by WESCO. The calculation of expenditure for revenue requirement, reasonable return and clear profit as approved have been reflected in Annexe A, B & C respectively.


The total revenue requirement of WESCO including special appropriation and reasonable return has been reduced by Rs.60.55 crores from Rs.486.72 crores proposed by the Licensee, to Rs.426.17 crores. Inspite of the reduced revenue requirement, there will a deficit for WESCO on the basis of the existing tariff.




Taking all aspects of the tariff filing made by the Licensee and the representation of the objectors, both written and oral, and after consulting the Commission Advisory Committee, the Commission has determined the tariff and charges to be realised by the Licensee. The Commission has been taking steps for rationalisation of tariff i.e. bringing about a uniform rate for all consumer categories using electricity on the same voltage of supply which is a good measure of the cost of supply. The same concept of rationalisation is being followed for determination of the tariff in this order. The Commission considers it reasonable to determine tariff and charges as in the following paragraphs.


Customer charge for consumers with connected load of 110 KVA or above


Customer charge is payable by a consumer for the purpose of its connection to the power system of the licensee and is independent of the level of consumption of the consumer. It is intended to cover

  1. The cost of meter reading

  2. Preparation of bills

  3. Delivery of bills

  4. Collection of revenue

  5. Maintenance of customer accounts


The Commission has examined the proposal of the Licensee in regard to customer charge. The existing rate of customer charge will continue for the following categories of consumers except with regard to colony consumption for which there shall be no customer charge.

Table : 9


Voltage Of Supply

Public Water Works


General Purpose


Large Industry


Bulk Supply (Domestic)




Public Institution




Medium Industry


General Purpose


Public Water Works


Large Industry


Power Intensive


Mini Steel Plant


Railway Traction


General Purpose


Large Industry


Railway Traction


Heavy Industry


Power Intensive Industry


Mini Steel Plant


Emergency Supply to CPPs



Monthly minimum fixed charge for consumers with contract demand of less than 110 KVA


The Licensee has stated that 33% of the power purchase cost is fixed in nature whereas less than 20% of its revenue is being realised through fixed charge. The Licensee proposes to remove the anomaly by realising a higher proportion of fixed cost by increasing the monthly fixed charge.

The usual mode of recovery of fixed charges from the consumer by a utility is through recorded maximum demand in the meter which reflects the capacity utilisation by a consumer. At present, consumers with connected load of less than 110 KVA have been provided with simple energy meters that only records energy consumption and not the maximum demand. The Supply Regulation provides that the contract demand for a connected load below 100 KW shall be the same as the connected load. Therefore connected load forms the basis for levy of fixed charge for these classes of consumers. Application of the concept of segregation of fixed cost and variable cost is useful as the consumer should be made aware that a component of the fixed cost is being incurred for supplying power to him. The Commission, therefore, considers it appropriate to continue with the existing system of monthly minimum fixed charge in lieu of both demand charge and customer charge payable by the consumers covered under the two part tariff.

The monthly minimum fixed charge is thus a combination of the demand charge and customer charge payable by the consumers with contract demand of less than 110 KVA. The Commission does not agree with the proposal of the Licensee for enhancement of the monthly minimum fixed charge and decides that the existing rate of monthly minimum fixed charge should continue. Accordingly, the rates applicable to all such customers shall be as given below at Table : 10.

Table : 10

Sl. No

Category of Consumers

Monthly Minimum Fixed Charge for first KW or part(Rs.)

Monthly Fixed Charge for any additional KW or part(Rs.)

LT Category


Kutir Jyoti
















Street Lighting




Small Industry




Medium Industry




Public Institution




Public Water Works <100 KW




Demand charge for consumer with contract demand of 110 KVA and above


The Licensee has proposed an increase in the demand charge of consumers from Rs.200/KVA/month to Rs.250/KVA/month in respect of certain categories of consumers availing power supply at LT, HT and EHT, which are listed below.

LT Category
Public Water Works
General Purpose
Large Industry

HT Category
General Purpose
Public Water Works
Large Industry
Power Intensive Industry
Mini Steel Plant
Railway Traction

EHT Category
General Purpose
Large Industry
Railway Traction
Heavy Industry
Power Intensive Industry
Mini Steel Plant


In this connection, the Commission also examined the prevailing demand charge for such categories of consumers elsewhere in the country. An increase of demand charge may force the large consumers to set up their own captive power plants, which is detrimental to both the interests of the Licensee as well as the small consumers. The Commission decides that the rate of demand charge for consumers with contract demand of 110 KVA and above shall be Rs.200/KVA/month.


The Commission further directs that the demand charge shall be payable by these consumers on the basis of actual meter reading subject to a minimum of 80% of the contract demand to ensure recovery of a part of the fixed cost of the installed capacity. Where the actual recorded maximum demand is less than 80% of the contract demand, the consumer is liable to pay at 80% of the contract demand or the actually recorded maximum demand whichever is higher. The method of billing of demand charge in case of consumers without a meter or with a defective meter shall be in accordance with the procedure prescribed in OERC (Conditions of Supply) Code, 1998.


Categories of consumers other than those listed in para 8.4.1 like domestic, irrigation, public institution, commercial and medium industry but availing power supply at HT are presently liable to pay the demand charge as indicated below :-






Public Institution




Medium Industry



The Licensee has proposed increase of demand charge in respect of the above categories of consumers. The Commission has carefully considered the proposal of the Licensee and has decided not to raise the demand charge after considering the comparable charges in other States and internal relativity of the impact of tariff among the consumers. Accordingly, bills should be raised for these categories of consumers on the basis of their contract demand/connected load calculated in KW.


Energy Charge


Energy charge paid by the consumer is directly proportional to the quantum of actual consumption. The Commission, in keeping with its aim of rationalisation of tariff structure by progressive introduction of a cost-based tariff, has related the energy charge at different voltage levels to reflect the cost of supply. While determining energy charge, the principle of a higher rate for supply at a low voltage and a gradually reduced rate as the voltage level goes up has been adopted. The following tariff structure has been adopted for all loads of 110 KVA and above.

Voltage of supply

Demand Charge

Energy Charge


Rs.200/- per KVA

280 paise/unit


Rs.200/- per KVA

270 paise/unit


Rs.200/- per KVA

260 paise/unit


H.T. Supply for Domestic (Bulk) and Irrigation : With a view to avoid steep rise in tariff in respect of domestic (bulk supply) and irrigation availing power at HT, the energy charge is fixed at @ 200 paise/unit and @ 80 paise/unit respectively.


Industrial Colony Consumption : The Commission further directs that the units consumed for the colony shall be separately metered and the total consumption shall be deducted from the main meter reading and billed at the flat rate of 200 paise/unit. Energy consumed in colony in excess of 10% of the total consumption shall be billed at energy charges applicable to the appropriate class of industry.


Incentive Tariff for HT and EHT Category of Consumers

The Licensee has proposed an incentive tariff for HT and EHT consumers i.e. giving a discount of 10% for consumption beyond a load factor of 60% except for the power intensive industries which are classified as export-oriented industries. In the rationalisation of tariff structure, the Commission is entitled to differentiate the consumers on the basis of consumers’ load factor or power factor and the consumers’ total consumption of energy during any specified period. The nature and purpose of use becomes less important if a consumer is able to maintain a high load factor and helps the licensee through better utilisation of the system. Since the demand charge is same for all HT & EHT categories of consumers, a higher consumption means a higher plant utilisation and results in a reduced fixed cost/unit. The Commission is also conscious of the fact that the revenue requirement of the licensee should reasonably be met while designing a tariff structure that incentives the consumers for a higher consumption of the Licensee’s purchased power and dissuades them from switching over to captive generation. With the above objective, the Commission decides as follows:-

HT and EHT industries who do not reduce their contract demand during the next three years will be allowed the benefit of incentive tariff in the form of relief in energy charges if the load factor in a month exceeds 50% of the contract demand.

All consumption in excess of 50% load factor shall be payable @ 180 paise/unit for consumers availing power at EHT.

All consumption in excess of 50% load factor shall be payable @ 200 paise/unit for consumers availing power factor at HT.


Special Tariff for Industries with Contract Demand of 100 MVA and above


The Commission also considers that industries with a load of 100 MVA and above and load factor of 80% should qualify for a special tariff. The special tariff should have no explicit demand charge and would have a consolidated energy charge with a similar back to back arrangement with the bulk supplies. This has been suggested in order to give an encouraging signal to the prospective large consumers and to ensure that such large industries do not set up captive power plants but avail power supply from the Licensee. The Commission has therefore, approved a rate of 200 paise/unit for consumption by industries with a contract demand of 100 MVA and above and maintaining a guaranteed monthly load factor of 80%. These consumers will not pay a monthly demand charge and shall pay only a consolidated energy charge. They will have to restrict their maximum demand within the contracted capacity. In case the maximum demand exceeds the contracted capacity, demand charge as applicable to the relevant consumer category will be payable only on the maximum demand in excess of the contract demand.


Tariff for consumers with connected load less than 110 KVA


Domestic : It is observed that 84% of the electricity consumers including Kutir Jyoti consumers (life-line rates) in Orissa belong to the domestic category. The Commission has examined the tariff for the Domestic category with particular reference to the Licensee’s proposal. In consonance with the policy to gradually decrease subsidy for all categories of consumers and yet facilitate use of electricity by small consumers, the Commission has decided to retain the slab system. The Commission has in another step to protect small consumers decided that consumption upto and including 100 units/month will be exempt from any tariff rise. Keeping this in view, energy charge for supply at 230/400 V shall be as under :-

i) Kutir Jyoti Consumers - Rs.30.00 per month.

ii) In case of other Domestic consumers, on the total monthly consumption:-

First 100 Units - 120 paise per unit
Next 100 units - 190 paise per unit
Balance units of consumption - 280 paise per unit

The Commission has decided to continue the monthly minimum fixed charge at the rate of Rs.20 for the first KW of contract load or part thereof. This charge will be enhanced at the rate of Rs.10 per KW per month for each additional KW or part thereof above the first KW of contract load.

In case of unmetered supply or defective meter, the energy consumption shall be assessed and billed using a load factor of 20% on the contract demand. For this purpose, the connected load of less than 0.5 KW shall be treated as 0.5 KW.

For supply at 11/33 KV the energy charge shall be payable at the rate of 200 paise/unit. The monthly demand charge for domestic consumers availing power supply at HT shall be at the rate of Rs.10 per Kw per month.

HT customers will pay a customer service charge of Rs.250 per customer per month.

The practice of prompt payment rebate of 10 paise/unit shall continue.


Commercial : The Commission has examined the existing tariff structure of commercial category and has decided the following :-

For the total monthly consumption :-

First 100 units

280 paise/unit

Next 200 units

370 paise/unit

Balance units

410 paise/unit

For supply at HT, the energy charge shall be 270 paise/unit.

In case of unmetered supply or defective meter energy consumption shall be assessed and billed using the load factor of 30% on the contract demand. For this purpose the connected load of less than 0.5 KW shall be treated as 0.5 KW. The present practice of prompt payment rebate shall continue.

Monthly minimum fixed charge of Rs.30 per month for the first KW of contract demand per month shall be payable. This charge will go up at the rate of Rs.20/- per month for each KW of contract demand or part there of over the first KW of contract load.


Small Industry : In this category energy charge will be 280 paise/unit in place of the existing rate of 245 paise/unit. The load factor shall continue to be calculated @ 15% on the connected load in respect of these consumers with defective meter and unmetered supplies for the purpose of assessment of consumption and billing.


Irrigation : Considering the wide-spread damage caused to agriculture by two cyclones in the coastal districts of Orissa, the Commission has decided to exempt Irrigation category of consumers availing power from LT from any tariff rise. Consumers in the Irrigation category availing power supply at HT will also be exempt from any increase of the present energy charge. In respect of Irrigation consumers for the months of June to October, a load factor of 8% and for the month of November to May, a load factor 15% shall be considered for assessment of consumption and billing.


The rate of tariff as determined above is reflected in Annex-D.


Other Charges : The Commission also authorises levy of other charges as given below :-


Demand Charge

The monthly demand charge will be calculated on recorded/evaluated maximum demand or 80% of contract demand whichever is higher.

Penalty for overdrawal of power above the contract demand : OERC (Condition of Supply) Code, 1998 provides that consumers covered under two-part tariff shall pay a penalty in case actual maximum demand exceeds the contract demand. The Commission is of the opinion that flattening of the load curve is absolutely necessary for better utilisation of the system capacity. Consumers exceeding the contract demand outside the peak hours actually help the system by flattening of the load curve in a surplus generation situation prevailing now. The Commission, therefore, decides that there will be no penalty for overdrawal outside the peak hours upto 120% of the contract demand. This facility is now available to industries drawing power at EHT with time of day (TOD) metering. The Commission has now decided to extend this benefit to HT industries provided with TOD meters. . The existing rate of penalty will continue for overdrawal during peak hours. For this purpose, ‘the peak hours’ is defined as 0700 hours to 1000 hours and 1800 hours to 2200 hours.


Metering on LT side of Consumers Transformer : Transformer loss computed as given below to be added to the consumption as per meter reading.

Energy loss = 730 X KVA reading of the transformer/100.

Loss in demand = 1% of the reading of the transformer (for two part tariff)


Incentive for Timely Payment : The Commission has decided to introduce incentive for prompt payment by grant of a rebate @1% for payments made within the due date of payment indicated in the bill.


Delayed Payment Surcharge : The Commission has decided that there shall be no change in the existing practice of levying delayed payment surcharge at the rate of 2% per month which will be prorated for the period of delay counted from the due date of payment indicated on the bill in respect of the following categories of consumers :-

i) Large Industries
ii) Medium Industries
iii) Public Water Works
iv) Railway Traction
v) Street lighting
vi) Power intensive Industries
vii) Heavy Industries
viii) General Purpose Supply
ix) Public Institutions
x) Mini Steel Plants
xi) Emergency supply to CPP


Incentive for improvement in power factor : The Commission considers it desirable to introduce an incentive to encourage improvement in power factor.

Incentive for maintenance of high power factor shall be given as a percentage of the monthly demand charge and energy charge and shall be applicable to the categories of consumers who are liable to pay power factor penalty. The rate of this incentive will be 0.5% for every 1% rise above 90% upto and including 100% on the monthly demand charge and energy charge.


Power Factor Penalty : The Commission also orders for continuance of the power factor penalty as a percentage of monthly demand charge and energy charge as given below to the following categories of consumers :

i) Large Industries
ii) Public Water Works (110 KVA and above)
iii) Railway Traction
iv) Power Intensive Industries
v) Heavy Industries
vi) General Purpose Supply
vii) Public Institutions (110 KVA and above)
viii) Mini Steel Plants
ix) Emergency supply to CPP

Rate of P.F. penalty :-

i) 0.5 for every 1% fall from 90% upto and including 60% plus
ii) 1% for every 1% fall below 60% upto and including 30% plus
iii) 2% for every 1% fall below 30%


Adoption of load factor for consumers with defective meter and without meter : Taking into account the metering programme and other measures for tackling commercial/non-technical loss, the Commission orders for continuance of the existing method of load factor billing subject to review from time to time. If at any time the Commission comes to the conclusion that effective loss reduction measures are not been taken up by the Licensee the Commission will have no option but to revise the load factor downwards.

The present practice of submitting information on the status of metering and on measures taken for eradication of unauthorised tapping from the distribution mains has to continue. The Licensee has to submit the information at the end of each quarter for information and review of the Commission.


Customer Charge : As indicated in paragraph 8.2 above and also Annex-D there shall be no change in customer charge except with regard to industrial colony consumption for which the customer charge is abolished.


Re-connection Charge : The existing rates of reconnection charge as below shall continue :-

Single Phase Domestic Consumer


Single Phase other consumer


3 Phase line


HT & EHT line



Rounding off a consumer billed amount to nearest rupee : The Commission directs for rounding off of the electricity bill to the nearest rupee and at the same time direct that the money actually collected should be receipted and accounted for.


Temporary Connection Charges : The tariff for the period of temporary connection shall be at the rate applicable to the relevant consumer category.


New Connection Charges for LT : For prospective small consumers requiring new connections upto and including 3 KW load, there will be a flat charge of Rs.500/-. The existing practice of preparation of estimate and payment of charge based on the estimated amount shall continue without any change for connections above 3 KW load.


Fuel Surcharge Adjustment Formula : The Commission has already prescribed a fuel surcharge adjustment formula for the distribution licensee which shall continue to be valid.


Meter Rent : Monthly meter rent as per the existing rate shall be charged from the consumers to whom meter has been supplied by the licensee except for the three phase static KW meters. Rent for three phase static KW meters is fixed at Rs.100/month from the effective date of this tariff. Thus the scale of meter rent applicable to various classes of consumers is given below :-

Meter Rent in Rupees

1. Single phase electro-magnetic Kwh meter


2. Three phase electro-magnetic Kwh meter


3. Three phase electro-magnetic trivector meter


4. Trivector meter for Railway Traction


5. Single phase Static Kwh meter


6. Three Phase Static Kwh meter


7. Three phase Static Trivector meter


8. Three phase Static Bivector meter



The Commission has approved WESCO’s revenue requirement for the year 1999-00 as Rs.426.17 crores. The expected revenue from charges approved by the Commission over a 12 months period is estimated as Rs.424.01 crores. The Licensee will get Rs.2.42 crores on account of miscellaneous receipts and meter rent over a 12 months period. The revenue requirement and expected revenue of WESCO, approved by the Commission for the FY 1999-00, are given below :-

(Rs. in crores)

Total Revenue Requirement


Less Miscellaneous Revenue


Net Revenue Requirement


Expected Revenue





In the light of our findings, the Commission Orders as follows with reference to the prayers of the applicant :

  1. While the Commission does not approve the amendments suggested by NESCO for tariffs and charges it directs that the Licensee implements the tariff and charges as determined by the Commission in this Order effective from 1st February, 2000.

  2. The revenue requirement for 1999-00 as projected by the Licensee does not meet with the approval of the Commission. The Licensee is directed to adopt the revenue requirement figures for 1999-00 as calculated by the Commission.

  3. The proposal for cash flow from WESCO to NESCO and SOUTHCO does not meet with the approval of the Commission.

  4. The tariff proceeding is not the appropriate occasion for decision on the proposal for moratorium on addition of captive generation.

The application of M/s WESCO is disposed of accordingly.