Seeking Comments of Stakeholders on Draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020

Last Date Jun 05,2020 23:45 PM IST (GMT +5.30 Hrs)
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Ministry of Power has identified few key amendments in the Electricity Act 2003 to address immediate requirements of the electricity sector. Accordingly, draft proposal has been ...

Ministry of Power has identified few key amendments in the Electricity Act 2003 to address immediate requirements of the electricity sector. Accordingly, draft proposal has been circulated on 17.04.2020 in the form of draft Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill 2020 and stakeholders comments sought till 5th June 2020.

1. Establishment of Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority under retired Judge of the High Court for ensuring performance of the contract. The Authority shall have all the powers of a civil court including but limited to powers of attachment and sale of property, arrest and detention in prison and appointment of a receiver. This will ensure faster disposal of adjudicating matters regarding performance of obligations under a contract related to sale, purchase or transmission of electricity.

2. Determination of Cost reflective Tariff for ensuring viability of Electricity Distribution companies (Discoms). the Appropriate Commission to fix tariff for retail sale of electricity without accounting for subsidy; The subsidy, as declared and provided by the State Governments, will be given directly by the government to the consumers clearly reflecting in their bill;

3. Distribution sub licensees: Distribution Licensee may authorise another person, as a sub-license to supply electricity in any particular part of its area of supply, with the permission of the State Electricity Regulatory Commission. This will enable the sub licensee to serve the consumers with full responsibility and due diligence. The distribution licensee will now have the choice to opt for either sub-licensee model or franchisee model. This proposal will bring investment in the distribution sector, ensure regulatory oversight and protect the interests of consumers.

4. Establishment of adequate Payment Security Mechanism : Proposed to empower Load Dispatch Centres to oversee the establishment of adequate payment security mechanism before scheduling dispatch of electricity, as per contracts.

5. Strengthening of the Appellate Tribunal (APTEL): It is proposed to increase its strength of Members, apart from the Chairperson, to at least seven to facilitate quick disposal of cases; also to enhance the powers by assigning power equivalent to High Court under the provisions of the Contempt of Courts Act. With increased strength of members, now APTEL benches can also sit in a place other than Delhi as per the requirement of the case and for easy access to the state.

6. Proposal for Single Selection Committee for giving recommendations for appointments of chairperson and members in central as well as state regulatory commissions for uniformity in selection. The Selection Committee shall be headed by the Judge of Supreme Court .Appointments shall continue to be done by respective Governments.

7. National Renewable Energy Policy: It is proposed to have a separate policy for the development and promotion of generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy.

8. Hydro Power Purchase Obligations (HPO): a minimum percentage of purchase of electricity from hydro sources of energy is to be specified by the State Commissions. Hydro Power purchase Obligations shall be separate part of non solar based Renewable Purchase Obligations.

9. Enforcement of Renewable purchase obligations by levy penalties for non-fulfilment of obligation to buy electricity from renewable and/or hydro sources of energy.

10. Provisions related to Cross border trade in Electricity have been added to facilitate and develop trade in electricity with other countries.

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Last date of submission is 5th June,2020.

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Sanjit Kumar Khan 3 months 3 weeks ago

Variable tariff for electricity instead of existing fixed one is necessary to encourage consumers to minimise the use of electric energy at night, increasing sufficiently that in day.
Development of Local Franchise for Solar power generation for IndianRail can be introduced. Solar power will be generated for IndianRail without its investment. It will make Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the franchise and Bank will fund the franchise on the basis of the PPA.

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Hesan Ahmad 3 months 3 weeks ago

I think we have sufficient to accomplish our need like institutions,money,manpower etc but due to mismanagement we are unable to get maximum gain of it.The New draft has tried to relegate such things and for this I am very thankful to government of India.

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Prajjwal Kasera 3 months 3 weeks ago

I think we have sufficient to accomplish our need like institutions,money,manpower etc but due to mismanagement we are unable to get maximum gain of it.The New draft has tried to relegate such things and for this I am very thankful to government of India.But I just want to draw a strong attention towards grievance redressal I.e.how to redress grievances of consumers.There should be a strong and active grievance redressal mechanism.It is to be requirement of a vital and healthy policy drafting

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Nikunj Kumar yadav 3 months 3 weeks ago

Govt should adopt one nation one rate one department with connection portability from one region to another region it will save time and money both and To promote the Energy Efficiency and Conservation , the Electricity Board may provide Energy Efficient Equipments on subsidised rates, with the support of BEE , EESL and State nodal agencies. The EB may also charge the cost in installments from user , by adding it in bills. The user will have no any burden , as he will consume less electricity

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Shweta vikal 3 months 3 weeks ago

As we all Know that electricity is our basic need and we need it our day to day in our daily life. Without electricity no one can imagine a life in this modern digital world where we completely depends on electricity.So a bill related to electricity must be pass by government. But government is here only for passing such type of bill for our convince but saving irrelevant wastage of electricity is not their job only it's our job to save wastage of electricity. This is indirect help of gov.

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sharad sharma_3 3 months 3 weeks ago

केवल बिल सबका हल नहीं, फिर भी इस बिल के माध्यम से बिजली उत्पादन, छीजत और वितरण को प्रभावी बनाने के लिए विशेष प्रयास के साथ छूट को खत्म किया जा सकता है।