National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) had solicited stakeholders’ opinions on issuing a new transmission license to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Transmission and Grid System Company (KPTGC). In the province, KPTGC is seeking to run a 7,300 MW power supply grid for 5-10 years. 

The Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) and the National Transmission & Despatch Corporation (NTDC) have, however, objected to the issuance of a transmission permit to the company, arguing that the current legislation requires only one operator of the power grid in the country and that is already established, i.e., NTDC. 

The NTDC also objected to the award of a license arguing that, under Article 154(1) of the Constitution, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) was required to devise and control policies on issues that included energy in Section II of the Federal Legislative List. The policy decision would, however, be put forth to the CCI. This will also proceed to federal-level interconnections that trigger clashes between the two grids, with operators accusing one another of grid failures. 

However, the Punjab government-backed the proposal for a license from KPTGC. But it recommended that the proposed license should guarantee the allocation of minimum technological and human resource resources whenever required and that the regional transmission company have free access and compete in the wholesale market for electricity. 

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