The Ministry of Power has published the Draft Electricity (Amendment) Rules 2005 for public comments on the 12th of August 2022. The Amendment introduces three new aspects in the form of 1) Resource Adequacy processes for DISCOMs, 2) Energy Storage and 3) a Uniform Renewable Energy (RE) Tariff for Central Pool. The draft also has provisions related to Surcharge for Open Access, Timely recovery of power purchase costs by DISCOMs, Subsidy Accounting, Hydro Power and Dispute Resolution. Finally, it also introduces several new definitions of terms relevant to the Uniform RE Tariff framework.
Our comments and suggestions on specific Rules are detailed below. Our comments focus on provision of a clear, consistent framework which considers state contexts and can aid smooth rollout and implementation across the country.