Ministry of Power Amends Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules 2020, Introduces New Rules for Smart Meters and Time of Day Tariffs

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The Ministry of Power has issued a gazette notification amending the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules 2020. The updated rules focus on changes related to the utilization of smart meters and pre-paid meters, as well as the implementation of Time of Day Tariffs (ToD Tariffs). The amendments aim to provide consumers with more flexibility in managing their electricity usage and encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources.


Key Details:

Smart meters and ToD Tariffs: The new rules emphasize the installation of smart meters and promote the adoption of ToD Tariffs, which offer differentiated rates for peak and non-peak hours. Additionally, discounted tariffs will be offered for electricity consumed during solar hours, defined as eight hours a day by state commissions.


Deadline for ToD Tariffs: The amendments propose specific deadlines for implementing ToD Tariffs. Commercial and Industrial (C&I) consumers with a maximum demand of over 10 Kw should have ToD tariffs in place by April 1, 2024, while other consumers (excluding agricultural) should have them effective by April 1, 2025.

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Tariff Rates: For consumers with smart meters, the ToD tariff during peak periods for C&I consumers should be at least 1.20 times the normal tariff, and for other consumers, it should be at least 1.10 times the normal tariff.

Solar Hour Tariffs: The rules outline that solar hour tariffs, as specified by state commissions, should be a minimum of 20 percent lower than the normal tariff for consumers during solar hours. The peak hour duration should not exceed the solar hours designated by the state load despatch centers.

The amended rules emphasize the use of smart meters, encourage the adoption of ToD Tariffs, and provide incentives for electricity consumption during solar hours. The Ministry of Power aims to enhance consumer convenience, promote energy efficiency, and facilitate the transition towards sustainable power usage.

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