Uttar Pradesh Issues draft forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement regulations

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has issued draft regulations for the forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement of solar and wind power generation. The regulations aim at facilitating large-scale solar and wind capacity addition in the state while maintaining stability and security of the power grid.

The new regulations are applicable for all wind and solar power generators that have a minimum project capacity of 5 MW and are connected to the state’s grid. The draft regulations mandate wind and solar project developers to appoint a Qualified Coordinating Agency (QCA) for performing meter reading, data collection, and communication. The QCA will also be responsible for coordinating with the discoms, state load dispatch centers, and will oversee the settlement of deviation charges. The deviation charges will be imposed under as well as over injection of power by the generators.

These regulations will come into force from the date of their publication in the state’s official gazette. With this, Uttar Pradesh has become the seventh state to issue deviation settlement regulations on forecasting and scheduling of wind and solar energy. The move is part of the state’s efforts to improve its renewable energy sector by bringing about a host of policy and regulatory interventions.