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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