TECA Celebrates Its Silver Jubilee

Tamil Nadu Electricity Consumers’ Association (TECA) is an organization representing the interests of High Tension Electricity Consumers across the state. It was established in 1998 in response to changing regulations in the electricity sector, driven by the need for industrialists to address electricity-related matters. TECA has since grown to encompass various sectors, including textiles, engineering, chemicals, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, construction, and tea estates, boasting over 700 members with a connected load of 1379 MW.

The organization recently celebrated its 25th Annual General Meeting and Silver Jubilee at Hotel Radison Blu, Coimbatore, on September 22, 2023. During this event, Pradeep, President of TECA, highlighted the association’s substantial growth and its role in the evolving energy landscape of Tamil Nadu. He emphasized the state’s progress in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

TECA has been proactive in advocating for electricity consumers over the years. They’ve made representations for levy of maximum demand charges, electricity tax, and self-generation tax, even pursuing legal action through petitions in the Madras High Court and Supreme Court, achieving favorable judgments for TECA members. Additionally, TECA regularly communicates proposals, suggestions, and objections on various energy-related matters to TNERC and Central authorities.

Looking ahead to their future endeavors, Pradeep expressed TECA’s commitment to guiding Tamil Nadu towards a sustainable, affordable, and consumer-friendly energy future.

Arun Arunachalam, Secretary of TECA, highlighted the association’s efforts to influence policies and ensure accountability among energy sector stakeholders. They’ve also worked towards advocating for fair and transparent electricity tariffs.

The event’s Chief Guest, Narasimhan, President of the Indian Solar Association and Chairman of the Raasi Group of Companies, commended TECA for its long-standing role as the voice of electricity consumers. He stressed the importance of uninterrupted power supply and pointed out issues with TANGEDCO’s outdated infrastructure and financial challenges. He called for greater use of clean energy sources like solar and wind and urged the Central Government to establish a dedicated bank to fund green energy projects at reduced interest rates. Narasimhan also encouraged the Tamil Nadu Government to support investments in solar energy by creating common facilities for renewable energy parks and called upon industrial associations to raise awareness about new technologies and Central Government schemes in the renewable energy sector.