Title : THE ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSIONS ACT,1998
Year : 1998
The Central Commission shall discharge all or any of the following functions, namely:-
(a) To regulate the tariff of generating companies owned or controlled by the Central Government;
(b) To regulate the tariff of generating companies, other than those owned or controlled by the Central Government specified in clause (a), if such generating companies enter into or otherwise have a composite scheme for generation and sale of electricity in more than one State;
(c) To regulate the inter-State transmission of energy including tariff of the transmission utilities;
(d) To promote competition, efficiency and economy in the activities of the electricity industry;
(e) To aid and advise the Central Government in the formulation of tariff policy which shall be-
(i) Fair to the consumers; and
(ii) Facilitate mobilisation of adequate resources for the power sector;
(f) To associate with the environmental regulatory agencies to develop appropriate policies and procedures for environmental regulation of the power sector;
(g) To frame guidelines in matters relating to electricity tariff;
(h) To arbitrate or adjudicate upon disputes involving generating companies or transmission utilities in regard to matters connected with clauses (a) to (c) above ;
(i) To aid and advise the Central Government on any other matter referred to the Central Commission by that Government.
(1) The Central Commission may, by notification, establish with effect from such date as it may specify in such notification, a Committee to be known as the Central Advisory Committee.
(2) The Central Advisory Committee shall consist of not more than thirty-one members to represent the interests of commerce, industry, transport, agriculture, labour, consumers, non - governmental organisations and academic and research bodies in the energy sector.
(3) The Chairperson and Members of the Central Commission shall be the ex officio Chairperson and ex officio Members of the Central Advisory Committee.
The objects of the Central Advisory Committee shall be to advise the Central Commission on,-
(i) Major questions of policy;
(ii) Matters relating to quality, continuity and extent of service provided by the licensees;
(iii) Compliance by the licensees with the condition and requirements of their licence;
(iv) Protection of consumer interest; and
(v) Energy supply and overall standards of performance by utilities.
(1) Any person aggrieved by any decision or order of the Central Commission may file an appeal to the High Court.
(2) Except as aforesaid, no appeal or revision shall lie to any court from any decision or order of the Central Commission.
(3) Every appeal under this section shall be preferred within sixty days from the date of communication of the decision or order of the Central Commission to the person aggrieved by the said decision or order: Provided that the High Court may entertain an appeal after the expiry of the said period of sixty days if it is satisfied that the aggrieved person had sufficient cause for not preferring the appeal within the period of sixty days.
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