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The Centre for Regulation and Policy (CRP) is Consumer Council for the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) since 2011. In the current year, CRP assisted in the systematic analysis of annual revenue requirement (ARR) and tariff petitions submitted by the power utilities of the state for the financial year 2022-23.

The power utilities that submitted the petitions were generating companies (hydro and thermal), transmission and distribution companies, bulk suppliers, and load despatch centers. The scope of work for this ongoing project was preparing a summary of each petition for public understanding, analysis of the ARR and tariff petitions filed by the utilities from the consumer’s perspective, and presenting the same analysis during public hearings at OERC.

As consumer counsel, the CRP team attended the virtual public hearing at OERC in February 2022 and presented their opinion on the ARR submitted by each utility before OERC. CRP summarised the objections submitted by various stakeholders against each petition and rejoinder submitted by utilities on the same before and after the public hearing.

The summaries and detailed analyses by WISE as Consumer Counsel were incorporated in the respective tariff orders issued by OERC. CRP also prepared summary presentations incorporating contents from all the petitions for presentation before the State Advisory Committee.