Power Ministry’s new electricity rules to push renewable energy

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admin November 10, 2021
Updated 2021/11/10 at 7:13 AM

The Union Power Ministry amended the Draft Electricity (Rights of Consumer) Amendment Rules, 2021 on Thursday. In five years, the Ministry advises customers who use DG sets to switch to cleaner technology, such as renewable energy with battery storage.

“Consumers who use Diesel Generating Sets as essential backup power shall endeavour to shift to cleaner technology such as RE with battery storage or as per the timelines given by the State Commission for such replacement based on the reliability of supply by the distribution company in that city,” the Ministry stated.

In light of rising pollution levels, especially in metros and major cities, distribution licensees must guarantee that all customers have access to continuous electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week so that DG sets are not required to be used. As a result, the State Commission will provide a trajectory for the cities’ System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) and System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI), according to the statement.

“If the Distribution business requires cash for infrastructure investment to ensure the dependability of supply to customers, the State Commission may propose a separate reliability fee. In the event that the distribution firm fails to meet the established criteria, the State Commission will impose a penalty “Added the Ministry.

It went on to say, “The procedure of providing temporary connections to customers for construction operations or any other temporary use must be streamlined by the distribution licensee and provided promptly, within 48 hours. This eliminates the use of DG sets for temporary operations in the distribution licensee’s territory. Only a prepayment metre will be used for the temporary connection.”

 

Source: Business Standard

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