Maharashtra Issues Draft First Amendment to its Open Access Regulations
Open Access market once attractive is now almost dead according to many in the industry. Policies get announced regularly followed by constant amendments leading to a final draft that looks nothing like the original policy. Every state has its open access policy, and it is a continuous struggle for developers to keep up with the changes.
The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has now issued the draft first amendments to its open access regulations relating to eligibility, banking, treatment of transmission and wheeling charges among others. These regulations will come into force from the date of their publication in the official gazette.
The draft is up for comments and suggestions up to April 01, 2019. Here is a synopsis of the amendments:
Partial open access consumer will be allowed to avail open access for the capacity not exceeding the existing contracted demand. However, full open access consumers can use open access for capacity not exceeding its sanctioned load.
Consumers who intend to have rooftop solar systems can also benefit from open access. In this case, the credit for solar generation will be adjusted on a gross metering basis for the period for which open access is availed.