THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state-level electricity coordination forum, which has not met for a long time, is being revived. Reconstituted by the State Government recently, the forum had its first meeting the other day.
Headed by the chairman of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, the forum is intended to ensure smooth operations of the state’s power system.
‘’It is a forum where stakeholders can discuss issues related to generation, transmission and distribution of power. Section 166 of the Electricity Act recommends that the forum should be formed for the smooth and coordinated development of the power system in the state,’’ Regulatory Commission chairman K J Mathew said.
Other than the chairmen of the Commission and the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and the Power Secretary, the forum has representatives of all the distribution licencees such as Cochin Port Trust, Thrissur Corporation and Technopark who buy power from the KSEB and distribute it.
The Electricity Act necessitates the formation of a forum at the national level with the chairman of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission as its head as well as state-level units. The Kerala Government had issued orders in 2006 for forming the forum, but it was not active.