Power Ministry carved out new norms for Electricity Rules, 2024

The Power ministry has allowed large industrial users of electricity to maintain their own transmission lines and grid connectivity without any further requirement of licence and amended transmission tariff norms to make it more cost- reliable.

Power Ministry carved out new norms for Electricity Rules, 2024

Understanding Succinctly, the consumers with more than a specified quantum of load and Energy Storage Systems [ESS] are allowed to establish and operate dedicated transmission lines themselves which on another perspective would facilitate a new category of huge customers benefitting from more affordable electricity and reliability. The same facility was already available to generating companies and generating stations.

The Central Ministry has highlighted the fact that it had cut down the losses of the distribution company [Discoms] from 27 percent in 2014, to 15.41 percent in 2022-23 and the regulations will ensure that their losses are further reduced and their efficiency is increased, providing better services to the customers.

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The new amendment has notified that consumers and Energy Storage Systems [ESS] with a load of more than 25 MW in case of Inter-State Transmission System and 10 MW in an Intra-State Transmission System can now establish, operate, and maintain dedicated transmission lines without the need for a licence.

Furthermore, the new rule consists of changes related to General Network Access or Open Access which means an additional surcharge shall be reduced linearly and must get eliminated within four years from the date of the grant of General Network Access or Open Access.

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Similarly, the rule mandates that the tariff shall be cost-effective and there shall not be any gap between the approved Annual Revenue Requirement and estimated annual revenue from the approved tariff except under natural calamity conditions. If in that case any, the gap shall not be more than 3% of the approved Annual Revenue Requirement.

As per the power ministry, to rationalise the open access charges, new rules have been prescribed with innovative ideologies to determine various open access charges like wheeling charges, state transmission charges and additional surcharges.

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