The state energy department has rejected the plea of Jharsuguda-based SMC Power Generation to waive off energy duty imposed on it citing the explanation provided by the company as unsatisfactory.

“It was observed that the reasons stated regarding attrition at the company were not sound enough to be considered and even the delay in documentation was on account of defects and deficiencies found at the company plant during inspection,” said Chief Secretary B K Patnaik, presiding over the meeting on SMC Power plea.