Draft Green Energy Open Access Regulations notified by Karnataka

The draft Green Energy Open Access Regulations, 2022 has been released by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC). According to the proposed regulations, consumers will be eligible for open access via the intrastate transmission system of the state transmission utility or distribution systems of the state’s distribution licences. Under the proposed regulations, any consumer with a captive power project will have the right to open access. Also, non-captive consumers with a sanctioned load of 100 kW or more will be eligible for open access.

Also, charges like transmission charges, wheeling charges, cross-subsidy charges, additional surcharge, banking charges, and standby charges will be determined by the Commission using the methodology specified for green open access. The aforementioned charges will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Commission until the methodology is finalised. Also, banking will be permitted on a monthly basis after payment of the Commission’s fees. The stored energy will not be allowed to be carried forward to subsequent months, and the credit for the stored energy will be adjusted during the same month.

The customers with open access to green energy should install trivector meters with a time-of-day facility. These meters should be able to take time differentiated measurements of critical parameters and transmit their results in real time to the state load dispatch centre. The consumers must also follow the state grid code, distribution code, and any other codes and regulations that may be in effect at the time. The stakeholders are given 30 days from the date of the order’s issuance to propose their suggestions.