The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has announced the draft regulations on terms and conditions for tariff determination from renewable energy sources. These regulations will come into force from the date of notification and will be valid until March 31, 2023. The terms and conditions other than related to tariff determination shall also be applicable for renewable energy captive power plants and renewable energy plants supplying power to third party under open access. In addition to transmission and wheeling charges, the cross-subsidy surcharge and additional surcharge shall be applicable in case of open access transactions based on renewable energy power stations.In the existing regulations, the open access transaction based on renewable energy projects were exempted from levy of cross-subsidy surcharge. These charges are expected to significantly increase the tariff.
Further, the commission has also included ‘parallel operation charges’ based on a petition filed by discoms to be applicable for parallel operation of the renewable energy based captive power plant with co-located loads or renewable energy based co-generating plants with the grid separately.