ELECTRICITY (PROMOTING RENEWABLE ENERGY THROUGH GREEN ENERGY OPEN ACCESS)
RULES 2022, is certainly a much-wanted set of rules which puts many of the ambiguous
points to rest.
There will be a separate application, a separate Nodal Agency with a Central Nodal Agency
and a complete online application process, for processing Green Energy Open Access.
Some of the salient points we need to note with these new 2022 Rules are:
1. Open Access has to be provided to all consumers who have a sanctioned load or
contracted demand of 100 kVA or more. This sets to rest the ambiguity with 1000
kVA requirement with many consumers and generators. However, it opens a new
question. Does this mean that even LT consumers can have Green Energy Open
Access? First look says, it does.
2. There will be a centrally monitored website where the applications will be filed and a
clearance to be given by the concerned Nodal agency within 15 days. Failing which
permission is deemed to have been given! A good rule. Let us see how this gets
3. Banking shall be permitted on, at least, monthly basis which means that adjustment
of power generated in one month can be adjusted anytime in that month. We need
to also notice this is not against the APTEL order that allows one year banking for
Wind in Tamil Nadu.
4. The slots can, at its maximum be 12 in a day. What that means is, minimum of twohour
slot has to be laid out and not the fifteen minute slots as dictated for
5. Additional surcharge will literally be non-existent for Green Energy since the Rule
says if the consumer is paying Fixed charges, then the question of paying Additional
Surcharge does not arise.
6. Finally, the rule also says that except for transmission, wheeling and cross subsidy,
no other charges are leviable. Sets to rest many other charges that we are so used to
like System Operating Charges, Scheduling charges, etc.,
Though these Rules were badly needed and very welcome, one of the points missed out by
the makers is on the ToD adjustments. If they allowed the higher value to lower value and
same value adjustments, one more often misinterpreted rule would have been cast to the
Happy that these Rules have come into play. This action is necessitated because most of the
State Regulatory Bodies lost sight of the goals set by the Act and sided with DisComs to put
the consumers and generators to hardship. They are supposed to take the side of the
consumers and protect them. They miserably failed in this mission set for them by the 2005
All of these major changes are ushered in by the Rules 2022. However, Regulatory
commission must appoint the Nodal Agencies and also create working rules on these lines.
All these rules must come into effect in 60 days from 6 Jun 2022! Well, as of today, TNERC
lacks quorum to sign orders. Hope they will put their act together before the 60 days given
by the Rules!