Why Open Access is popular among the large consumers?
Open access allows large users of power (1 MW or above) to buy cheaper power from the open market. It is estimated that total 15000 large consumers including textiles, steel, cement units etc. are in India.
Open access will enable the consumers to choose among a large number of competing powers companies instead of buying electricity from their existing electric utility monopoly. The competition will help to gain access to low tariff, ensure regular supply of electricity & boost business of power.
Open Access on Transmission and Distribution on payment of charges to the Utility will enable number of players utilizing these capacities and transmit power from generation to the load center. This will lead optimum utilization of existing infrastructure and easing of power shortage.