After 15-long years, Tamil Nadu discom expected to break even

Discom’s loss down from over Rs 13,000 cr in 2013-14 to Rs 3,783 cr in 2016-17; Rs 400 cr saving from coal management

Published: 20th June 2017 03:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2017 06:33 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) is expected to see break-even in the coming financial year, after 15 years. According to a policy note tabled in the Assembly by Electricity Minister P Thangamani, cost savings of the State discom has been attributed to reduction in the gap between Aggregate Rate of Realisation (ARR) and Aggregate Cost of Supply (ACS), efficient coal management and discontinuation of procurement of costly power based on Naptha and Low Sulphur Heavy Stock (LSHS). However, he said this was in keeping with the financial debt of the discom.

The note said TANGEDCO’s losses have been slashed from over Rs 13,000 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 3,783 crore in 2016-17. Further, a saving of approximately Rs 400 crore was achieved from coal management and import substitution despite additional expenditure of Rs 615 crore due to clean energy cess and increase in railway tariff in 2016-17, the note added.

Citing the Central Electricity Authority (CEA)’s Load Generation Balance Report (LGBR), he said TN would continue to be a power surplus State in the coming financial year, 2017-2018, with 8,663 Million Units and with a peak power surplus of 2,227 MW.

“In the State Distribution Utilities Annual Integrated Ratings published by the Ministry of Power, TANGEDCO’s ratings have gone up from C+ in 2014-15 to ‘B’ in 2015-16. We will make sure we get an ‘A’ rating in this financial year,” he said.

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