Government, TCS to start energy exchange
The government and information technology major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have incorporated a joint venture company to set up an energy exchange.
Called National Power Exchange Ltd, it will operate the power exchange at the national level. The government will be represented by three state-owned power sector companies – National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC), National Hydel Power Corp (NHPC) and Power Finance Corp (PFC).
TCS, part of the Tata Group, will hold a majority stake of 50.02 percent in the company with the three power utilities owning 16.67 percent equity each.
Initially, the four partners will invest Rs500 million. The four companies signed the joint venture agreement in September after filing an application with the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) earlier.
The proposed exchange
will rival the two power exchanges already functional in India – the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) and Power Exchange of India (PXI).