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The following Act of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly which was reserved by the Governor on the 19th May, 1998 for the consideration and assent of the President received the assent of the President on the 21st October, 1998 and the said assent is hereby first published on the 29th October, 1998 in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette for the general information:-


ACT NO. 30 OF 1998


AN ACT TO provide for the constitution of an Electricity Regulatory Commission, restructuring of the electricity industry, rationalization of the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity avenues for participation of private sector in the electricity industry and generally for taking measures conducive to the development and management of the electricity industry in an efficient, economic and competitive manner and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Andhra Pradesh in the Forty - ninth Year of the Republic of India, as follows:-




Short title, extent and commencement.

1. (1) This Act may be called the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Reform Act, 1998.

(2) It extends to the whole of the State of Andhra Pradesh.

(3) It shall come into force on such date as the State Government may, by notification, appoint.


2. In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(a) "area of transmission" means the area within which the holder of a transmission license is for the time being authorized by license to transmit energy in accordance with the conditions prescribed;

(b) "APTRANSCO" means the Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited incorporated as a transmission company under the Companies Act, 1956 and as referred to in section 13 of this Act.

(c) "Commission" means the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission constituted under sub-section (1) of section 3:


Central Act 1 of 1956.

(d) "license" means a license granted under section 15 of this Act;

(e) "licensee" or "license holder" means a person licensed under section 14 of the Act to transmit or supply energy including APTRANSCO;

(f) "member or members" means the members of the Commission and shall include the Chairman of the Commission;

(g) "notification" means a notification published in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette and the word "notified" shall be construed accordingly.

(h) "prescribed" means prescribed by the rules or regulations made under this Act;

(i) "regulations" means regulations made by the Commission under this Act;

(j) "rules" means rules made by the State Government under this Act;

(k) "selection committee" means the selection committee constituted under section 4 of this Act;

(l) "State" means the State of Andhra Pradesh;

(m) "State Government" means the Government of the State;

(n) "supply license" means a license under sub-section (1) (b) of section 15;

(o) "transmission license" means a license under sub-section (1) (a) of section 15;

(p) "transmit" in relation to electricity, means the transportation or transmission of electricity by means of a system operated or controlled by a licensee which consists, wholly or mainly, of extra high voltage and extra high tension lines and electrical plant and is used for transforming and for conveying and/or transferring electricity from a generating station to a sub-station, from one generating station to another or from one sub-station to another or otherwise from one place to another;

(q) words and expressions used but not defined in this Act and defined in the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948 have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act,

(r) words and expressions used but not defined either in this Act or in the Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948 and defined in the Indian Electricity Act, 1910 have the meanings respectively assigned to them in that Act.

Central Act 54 of 1948
Act No. 54 of 1948
Act No. IX of 1910