Maharashtra seeks to ease power open-access rules

Electricity consumers in might be able to buy power from sources other than distribution companies once the draft Distribution Regulations 2015 released by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) are notified.

The has sought suggestions from stakeholders on the draft rules.

The proposals allow open access to consumers with contract demand of at least 500 KW against the current 1 MW threshold. They also permit sourcing power from multiple sources, which is restricted at present. Consumers can buy power from the day-ahead market on power exchanges, which the current regulations do not allow.

The MERC’s Distribution Open Access Regulations 2014 have been contested in the Bombay High Court by various organisations.

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