Electricity Regulatory Commissions Act, 1998
22. Function of State Commission
(1) Subject to the provisions of Chapter III, the State Commission shall discharge state the following functions, namely:-
(a) to determine the tariff for electricity, wholesale, bulk, grid or retail, as the case may be, in the manner provided in section 29;
(b) to determine the tariff payable for the use of the transmission facilities in the manner provided in section 29;
(c) to regulate power purchase and procurement process of the transmission utilities and distribution utilities including the price at which the power shall be procured from the generating companies, generating stations or from other sources for transmission, sale, distribution and supply in the State;
(d) to promote competition, efficiency and economy in the activities of the electricity industry to achieve the objects and purposes of this Act.
(2) Subject to the provisions of Chapter III and without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the State Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, confer any of the following functions upon the State Commission, namely:-
(a) to regulate the investment approval for generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity to the entities operating within the State;
(b) to aid and advise the State Government, in matters concerning electricity generation, transmission, distribution and supply in the State;
(c) to regulate the operation of the power system within the State;
(d) to issue licenses for transmission, bulk supply, distribution or supply of electricity and determine the conditions to be included in the licenses.
(e) to regulate the working of the licensees and other persons authorized or permitted to engage in the electricity industry in the! State and to promote their working in an efficient, economical and equitable manner;
(f) to require licensees to formulate perspective plans and schemes in co-ordination with others for the promotion of generation, transmission, distribution, supply and utilization of electricity, quality of service and to devise proper power purchase and procurement process;
(g) to set standards for the electricity industry in the State including standards relating to quality, continuity and reliability of service;
(h) to promote competitiveness and make avenues for participation of private sector in the electricity industry in the State, and also to ensure a fair deal to the customers;
(i) to lay down and enforce safety standards;
(j) to aid and advise the State Government in the formulation of the State, power policy;
(k) to collect and record information concerning the generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electricity;
(l) to collect and publish data and forecasts on the demand for, and use of, electricity in the State and to require the licenses to collect and publish such data;
(m) to regulate the assets, properties and interest in properties concerning or related to the electricity industry in the State including the conditions governing entry into, and exit from, the electricity industry in the such manner as to safeguard the public interest;
(n) to adjudicate upon the disputes and differences between the licensees and utilities and to refer the matter for arbitration;
(o) to co-ordinate with environmental regulatory agencies and to evolve policies and procedures for appropriate environmental regulation of the electricity sector and utilities in the State; and
(p) to aid and advise the State Government on any other matter referred to the State Commission by such Government.
(3) The State Commission shall exercise its functions in conformity with the national power plan.