The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued The Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020 laying down the rights of power consumers to minimum standards of quality.
The rules cover the rights of consumers and obligations of distribution licensees, the release of new connections and modifications in existing ones, metering arrangements, billing and payment, disconnection and reconnection, reliability of supply, among other areas.
One noteworthy provision in the rules is the provision that mandates net metering for loads up to 10 kW and gross metering for loads greater than 10 kW. This provision was created under the section addressing the rights of consumers as prosumers. The section said prosumers would enjoy the same rights as the general consumer. They will also have the right to set up renewable energy generation units, including rooftop solar systems themselves or through a service provider.
In September, the MoP had proposed net metering for rooftop solar projects of capacity up to 5 kW, and projects above 5 kW to have gross metering. The ministry had invited comments and suggestions from all the stakeholders regarding the regulations proposed.
[source: mercomindia.com, 22/12/2020]