Odisha’s New Draft Regulations Pave Way for Green Energy Access

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The Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has unveiled the draft Green Energy Open Access Regulations, 2023, ushering in new opportunities for consumers in the state’s energy landscape. The regulations offer a comprehensive framework for consumers with contracted or sanctioned loads of 100 kW and above, enabling them to procure power through green energy open access.


Notably, captive consumers seeking power via green energy open access will be exempt from any load restrictions. The draft regulations closely align with those issued by the Ministry of Power in June 2022, reinforcing the national drive towards renewable energy integration.

Stakeholders and industry players can contribute their insights and suggestions regarding the draft regulations until August 28, 2023, influencing the final form of this transformative policy.


The State Load Despatch Center (SLDC) will serve as the authority for granting short-term intrastate green energy open access, while the State Transmission Utility (STU) will oversee medium and long-term access within the state. Moreover, for interstate transmission system (ISTS) green energy open access, a central nodal agency, to be designated by the Union government, will establish a streamlined system.

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The draft also delineates the financial aspects of green energy open access. Transmission charges for intrastate and ISTS usage will be specified by the relevant authorities. Additionally, wheeling charges, cross-subsidy surcharges, and additional surcharges will be applied based on the Commission’s tariff order.

In a progressive step, consumers can proactively purchase more renewable energy than their obligations stipulate, encouraging sustainable choices. The application procedure for green energy open access is designed to be expedient, ensuring a swift approval process by the nodal agency. Challenges to decisions can be raised with the Commission, maintaining transparency and accountability.

With these draft regulations, Odisha is taking substantial strides towards a greener energy future, unlocking access and encouraging the adoption of renewable sources at both industrial and consumer levels.

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