Tamil Nadu reinstates ban on inter-state power sale

Tamil Nadu reinstates ban on inter-state power sale

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government has reinstated the ban on sale of power to consumers 
outside the state. 

"In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section(1) of Section 11 of the Electricity Act, 2003 
(Central Act 36 of 2003), the Governor of Tamil Nadu hereby issues the following direction in the 
circumstances arising in public interest — all generating stations shall supply all exportable 
electricity generated to the state grid for supply to either Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution
Corporation Limited or to any other open access consumer within Tamil Nadu according to the 
regulations notified in this regard by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission," a 
Tamil Nadu government gazette notification said. 

After the introduction of restriction & control (R&C) measures in Tamil Nadu in November 2008,
there had been a ban on the sale of power generated in Tamil Nadu to other states according to 
Section 11(1) of the Electricity Act 2003. 

This ban was withdrawn four months ago when the then chief minister J Jayalalitha had 
announced that there would be no power cuts and no R&C measures and had allowed for power 
to be sold from Tamil Nadu to consumers outside the state.