Assessing the impact of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission’s open access order for solar power generators in Karnataka

On 18 August 2014, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) passed order number S/03/01 called ‘Wheeling Charges, Banking Charges & Cross Subsidy Surcharge for Solar Power Generators’, whereby all solar power generators in the state who achieved Commercial Operation Date (COD) before 31 March 2018 were exempted from payment of wheeling and banking charges and cross subsidy surcharge for a period of ten years from the date of commissioning.

This working paper is the first step in tracking the on-ground impact of the new solar policy, to start collecting the data and help develop insights that BESCOM, KERC, KREDL and other stakeholders (including regulators from other states) can use to improve their decisions over time.

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How Electricity Distribution Companies In India Can Work With Commercial And Industrial Consumers For Renewable Energy Procurement 


Driven by a multitude of factors, such as national and international commitments to Renewable Energy (RE), falling RE prices, government regulations promoting RE, and the advent of sustainability targets, Commercial and Industrial (C&I) consumers all over the world have begun to actively explore the possibility of increasing the share of RE in their power mix. This presents two opportunities: one,  for C&I consumers to drive the demand for RE products, and two, for utilities to market new RE products to C&I consumers. This is a topic that merits deeper analysis in the Indian context.


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