The decision made by various power distribution companies to collect fuel surcharge from the consumers has ruled out by Andhra Pradesh High Court. The HC also ordered the discoms to adjust the amount already collected in future bills.
Due to the additional expenditure, AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has revised the Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA) fee in the month of July this year. But now according to the HC orders which stated that the APERC has no powers to allow discoms to collect the FSA retrospectively beyond a 30-day period. It also asked APERC to wait until the Supreme court decides its plea on allowing discoms to collect the FSA.
The judgment has been issued taking in to consideration the petitions filed by several industrial power users. However, it would be equally applicable to domestic consumers.
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