Department of Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

The Electricity Regulatory Commission Act of 1998 established the WBERC as a statutory body (14 of 1998). The current Commission, which operates under the provisions of the Electricity Act of 2003, is the same one that was established under the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act of 1998, with clearly defined authorities and functions.

Legal Framework of WBERC:

  • WBERC has been constituted by the Government of West Bengal under section 17(1) of the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act, 1998 (14 of 1998) vide Notification No 06-Power/III dated 06.01.1999. The first Chairperson assumed office on 31.03.1999.
  • In terms of the first proviso to sub-section (1) of section 82 of the Electricity Act, 2003 (36 of 2003),since enacted by the Parliament of India repealing the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act,1998 (14 of 1998), West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission, already established under section 17 of the Electricity Regulatory Commission Act, 1998 (14 of 1998) and functioning as such immediately before the appointed date, shall be the State Commission for the purpose of this Electricity Act, 2003 (36 of 2003). In terms of the Ministry of Power, Government of India Notification No. SO 669(E) dated 10.06.2003, 10th June 2003 is the appointed date.
  • In terms of sub-section (2) of section 82 of the Electricity Act, 2003 (36 of 2003), WBERC (a Commission for the State for the purpose of the said Act) is a body corporate by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a common seal
  • In terms of sub-section (3) of section 82 of the said Act, Government of West Bengal, Department of Power, vide Notification No 317 Power/III dated 25.11.2003, declared that the Head Office WBERC shall be at Bidhannagar in the district of North 24 Paraganas.
  • In terms of sub-section (4) of section 82 of the said Act, the State Commission consists of three Members including the Chairperson.
Functions of the Commission:

Functions of the Commission under section 86 of the Electricity Act, 2003

  • The State Commission shall discharge the following functions, namely:-

    (a) determine the tariff for generation, supply, transmission and wheeling of electricity, wholesale,bulk or retail, as the case may be, within the State: Provided that where open access has been permitted to a category of consumers under section 42, the State commission shall determine only the wheeling charges and surcharge thereon, if any, for the said category of consumers:

    (b) regulate electricity purchase and procurement process of distribution licensees including the price at which electricity shall be procured from the generating companies or licensees or from other sources through agreements to purchase of power for distribution and supply within the State;

    (c) facilitate intra-State transmission and wheeling of electricity;

    (d) issue licences to persons seeking to act as transmission licensees, distribution licensees and electricity traders with respect to their operations within the State;

    (e) promote cogeneration and generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy by providing suitable measures for connectivity with the grid and sale of electricity to any person, and also specify, for purchase of electricity from such sources, a percentage of the total consumption of electricity in the area of distribution licensee;

    (f) adjudicate upon the disputes between the licensees and generating companies and to refer any dispute for arbitration;

    (g) levy fee for the purposes of this Act;

    (h) specify State Grid Code consistent with the Grid Code specified under clause (h) of sub-section (1) of section 79;

    (i) specify or enforce standards with respect to quality, continuity and reliability of service by licensees;

    (j) fix the trading margin in the intra-State trading of electricity, if considered, necessary; and

    (k) discharge such other functions as may be assigned to it under this Act.

  • The State Commission shall advise the State Government on all or any of the following matters, namely:-

    (i) promotion of competition, efficiency and economy in activities of the electricity industry;

    (ii) promotion of investment in electricity industry;

    (iii) reorganization and restructuring of electricity industry in the State;

    (iv) matters concerning generation, transmission, distribution and trading of electricity or any other matter referred to the State Commission by that Government.

  • The State Commission shall ensure transparency while exercising its powers and discharging its functions.
  • In discharge of its functions, the State Commission shall be guided by the National Electricity Policy, National Electricity Plan and Tariff Policy published under section 3.
Commission's Profile & Structure -
1.MemberShri M.K. Tewari
2.ChairpersonShri S. Bhattacharya
3.MemberShri D. Goswami
WBERC Snaphot of power sector
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Officers Contact
West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission
Plot No AH/5 (2nd & 4th Floor)
Premises No: MAR16-1111,Action Area-1A
Newtown,Rajarhat, Kolkata - 700163
Phone No:(033) 2962 3766
(033) 2962 3754

WBERC's Office For Ombudsman 
Plot No AH/5 (2nd & 4th Floor)
Premises No: MAR16-1111,Action Area-1A
Newtown,Rajarhat, Kolkata - 700163.
Phone No:(033) 2962 3766
Extn: 405,406

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