Assam updates its open access regulations

In an update to its 2005 regulations, the Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) has issued draft open access regulations for the year 2018. These regulations are applicable to all consumers having a contract demand of 1 MW or more and requiring open access for the long term (seven years), medium term (five years) and short term. As per the rules, all generating companies, captive power plants and consumers are required to pay open access charges for using the intra-state transmission system in Assam and for power transmission outside the state. In addition, all open access customers will have to install special energy meters and remote terminal units for energy accounting and real-time monitoring respectively. The charges for net-metered solar PV systems will be in accordance with AERC’s Grid Interactive Solar photovoltaic Systems Regulations, 2015.

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