The states utilities that moved the court included those of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab. Tata Power Distribution Co and Ajmer Vidyut Nigam were also arrayed on the state side.
The Bench, after hearing the appeals, issued a notice on the stay application to Sasan, asking it to respond to the appeals. But the court did not set any date for the next hearing on the main issues.
Several state electricity corporations had signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for Sasan UMPP but a dispute arose on the COD. The distribution companies
did not accept March 30, 2013, as COD and took 2013-14 as the first year of commissioning.
If the test certificate was taken as the basis for commissioning date, the first year of operation for the power plant would be 2012-13, during which it got about 70 paise a unit (kilowatt per hour) for the power supplied from the power plant. The tariff was to stay for the second year but from the third year, the tariff was to rise more than 70 per cent. The third year would be pushed ahead by a year if 2012-13 was not considered as the first year.
RPower had threatened to cut off supply if its dues worth around Rs 1,050 crore were not cleared. APTEL had set aside a CERC order that had rejected the COD date. These states utilities were asked to pay in instalment and one instalment has been paid, said a person close to the dispute. Aggrieved by the tribunal order, the utilities had approached the apex court.