Open grid system -Power purchase
I have been informed that now it is possible to enter into an agreement with private operators in the field of power supply for industrial units as well as residential complexes provided the bulk demand is above certain limits. The cost of this power supply works out to be much cheaper than the rates charged by the respective state electricity boards or distribution companies.

Since some of the members are RWA president or secretaries in this circle, can any body please provice more details on this and whether some of the RWA's in Delhi/NCR had tried to do this in their respective societies? more  

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Thanks Mr JK, could you share some more details as to - who was the consultant and how much was the projected cost of power purchased? Our consultant did not inform us that we have to pay to DHVBN also for each unit of power purchased. In our case, the consultant informed us as follows:
- avg basic cost of power purchased = Rs 3.15/unit
- Other charges consisting of transmission/transit losses, brokerage, wheeling charges etc came to around Rs 1.85/uni
- total cost of power purchased thus worked out to be Rs 5.0/unit
However, when I checked on the web, I noticed that the price of power from open grid varies between Rs 2 to Rs 5 on the same day depending upon the time and in that case, the average cost could be higher. Moreover, since the minimum contracted power is 1 MW, we will have to pay for this power even if we consume less at any time, particularly in day time as per the data collected us. Moreover, I understand that DHVBN will charge their minimum charges for the contracted power with them.

The initial expenses for installation of new meter will be around 10 lacs plus a security deposit of Rs 5 lacs. We were also told that only 1 week advance needs to be paid and not one month.

I would like to get confirmation on these points please. more  
Dear Mr Brij, We also got all details thru a consultant . We also compiled date-wise data and found that theoretically it is a viable proposition to buy power thru open excess system . But, you have to make provision for one month payment in advance as in open system you have to make advance system where as in case of DHBVN you pay after consumption. Then , once you have paid advance and committed to take supply and unfortunately there is line fault(which is quite frequent in our case) then your entire advance (for supply of power) goes waste. Further DHBVN also charges on per unit of supply taken thru open access. more  
Thanks Mr JK Gupta for this useful information. However, can you please also advise, what is the approximate cost of power purchased from the open grid after adding all taxes, wheeling charges, transmission charges, brokerage fee etc. As I notice that the basic price of power from open grid exchange varies from time to time during a day and also it depends upon the region. Would appreciate, if you could add some more light on this aspect. We contacted one of the consultant in this field and he told us that the average price of purchased power will be around Rs 5.0 against Rs 6.5 being paid by us at present. more  
Dear Mr Brij, In Haryana you may go in for power purchase thru open grid system. But it may not be economical for domestic supply for the present. Of course we are considering it for our Mall as commercial power rate is much more than domestic rate . In industries it may be viable where load is high and power rate is high, eg, steel melting furnace. more  
Brij, there is no private sector power distribution as of now. Independent power producers have long term contracts with one or more bulk consumers, but then those loads are much larger than what a condo association would need. This power is wheeled through govt sector distribution corporations. Very difficult for "innocents" like condo assn to handle.

There used to be a power trading exchange but that got mothballed due to some operators indulging in sharp practices. more  
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