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Uttarakhand Introduces Green Energy Open Access Regulations 2023

For consumers with a contracted demand or sanctioned load of 100 kW or more, the regulations grant green energy open access without limitations

November 29, 2023. By Abha Rustagi

Uttarakhand is set to lead the charge in promoting sustainable energy practices with the unveiling of the Green Energy Open Access Regulations 2023 by the Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC). 

These groundbreaking regulations, slated to become effective upon publication in the government gazette, are designed to streamline the connectivity and open access to green energy within the state's intra-state transmission systems, distribution systems, or in conjunction with interstate transmission systems.

The regulations establish clear eligibility criteria for entities seeking open access, stipulating that generating stations, including captive generating plants, must be connected to the intra-state transmission or distribution system before applying for long-term, medium-term, or short-term open access.

For consumers with a contracted demand or sanctioned load of 100 kW or more, the regulations grant green energy open access without limitations. Others, including captive consumers and renewable energy generators, can also avail themselves of this access with no specified cap. 

The regulations outline a detailed procedure for the grant of connectivity, including application formats, applicable bank guarantees, fees, and charges, to be submitted to the commission for approval within 30 days of the regulations' notification.

To ensure a seamless and efficient process, SLDC plays a crucial role in processing and recommending applications within specific time frames. The regulations prioritize long-term access in the existing system and give preference to non-fossil fuel sources over fossil fuels.

Enhancing transparency, the regulations mandate that no application for open access can be denied without providing the applicant with an opportunity to be heard.

Addressing banking facilities for consumers availing green energy open access, the regulations specify conditions for surplus energy injection and withdrawal, along with associated charges. Consumers can bank up to 30 percent of their total monthly consumption, with credits applicable only for the billing cycle.

Acknowledging the dynamic nature of energy consumption, the regulations allow flexibility in drawing banked energy during peak and non-peak hours, with exceptions made for green hydrogen and ammonia production and electricity generated from offshore wind projects commissioned up to December 2032.
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