Power System Operation Corporation Ltd. has asked three power exchanges — IEX, PXIL and HPX — to restrict electricity trading by 27 discoms in 13 states having outstanding dues towards gencos, sources said.
The directive from POSOCO to Indian Energy Exchange, Power Exchange of India Ltd. and Hindustan Power Exchange is given to restrict trade of electricity by utilities of 13 states, including those in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rasjasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
POSOCO, a public sector enterprises under the Union power ministry, manages integrated operation of Indian power system.
In a letter shot off to the three exchanges, POSOCO said that buy and sell transactions in all products of power market for the discoms (27 discoms in 13 states) shall be entirely restricted till further notice from the delivery (of power) date of August 19, 2022.
The letter explains that the decision is taken in view of outstanding of these utilities as per the information available on PRAAPTI portal.
PRAAPTI stands for Payment Ratification And Analysis in Power procurement for bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators.
The action appears to be taken under the Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge and related matters), Rules 2022 notified by the power ministry in June, 2022.
Under the payment security mechanism, state utilities can be barred from trading on electricity exchanges for non-payment of dues and other charges to gencos.
It says, “The supply of power shall only be made if an adequate payment security mechanism is maintained or in the absence thereof, advance payment is made.”