High-level Electricity Regulation Commission in the offing

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A High-Level Electricity Regulation Commission is to be established to regulate and systematise production, transmission, dissemination and trade of hydropower.

A meeting of the Legislature-Parliament Friday, unanimously passed the 'Electricity Regulation Commission Bill- 2073 BS', providing the ground for forming such a high-level body.

The new commission to be formed shall consist of one chairperson and four members and the appointments which shall be made on the basis of the principle of proportional inclusion (at least one woman) require experiences and expertise in the area.

The government is facing difficulties to regulate and monitor the power operation system as the existing law is silent about these aspects.

Besides, the bill somehow deducts the monopoly of Nepal Electricity Authority in the fixation of criteria for power purchase agreement.

Prior to the endorsement of the bill, lawmaker Ram Narayan Bidari insisted on the need of a stern law against power theft and irregularities in power supply.

The bill would turn an effective means to sustain the no-load shedding campaign.

Another lawmaker Kedar Sanjel said he hoped to see significant improvement in the entire power system, increase in domestic and foreign investment and quality change in hydropower sector once the bill comes into force as an act.

However, Prem Suwal, claiming the bill not applicable one, urged the government to withdraw it.

According to the Energy Ministry, the objective of the bill is to simplify processes of power generation, transmission, making it systematic and transparent, and maintaining balance in the demand and supply ratio, regulating electricity tariff, protecting the rights of consumers and making the electricity market competitive along with the certainty of reliable, accessible, quality and safe electricity services.

On the occasion, Energy Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi said the country's current power leakage is around 26 per cent of total supply and the bill is aimed at addressing such challenges in the electricity sector with its full utilisation. RSS

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