CERC notifies new transmission rules

CERC notifies new transmission rules

Mumbai: India has allowed power producers with capacity of at least 250 MW to transfer power beyond their state limits through contracts for three to 25 years, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC),said.

Power generators meeting the said criteria as well as bulk consumers with at least 100 MW load can choose to connect to interstate transmission system under the new norms, according to a CERC notification on Friday.

The new rules were to enable medium and long-term ‘open access´ or easy transfer of power across states. Medium open access refers to transfer of power for three months to three years, while long-term access is for 12 to 25 years, according to CERC’s definition.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and Central Transmission Utility (CTU) will plan the transmission lines for thermal power producers with capacity of at least 500 MW and hydropower makers with at least 250 MW capacity, CERC said.

Thus, these companies need not build dedicated transmission lines, it said. State-run Power Grid Corp has a status of CTU.

In Jan 2008, CERC had come up with short-term open access norms that allowed free flow of electricity across states for a period of up to one month at a time. The Electricity Act, 2003 envisages non-discriminatory open access to India’s power transmission systems to power producers and consumers alike.