Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for Tariff determination from Renewable Energy Sources) Regulations, 2019

Aug 05, 2019 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team


The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) on July 24, 2019, has published the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for Tariff determination from Renewable Energy Sources) Regulations, 2019.

These Regulations will extend to the State of Goa and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.

Ø  Scope and Extent of Application:

a)       These Regulations will apply in all cases where tariff for power generating station or a unit thereof commissioned during the Control Period and based on renewable sources of energy, is to be determined by the JERC under Section 62 read with Section 86 of the Electricity Act, 2003.

b)      Provided that in cases of Wind, Small Hydro project, Biomass power based on Rankine cycle, Solar PV with or without energy storage, Solar Thermal power projects, Biomass gasifier, Biogas power project, Municipal Solid Waste, Refuse derived fuel-based power projects, Cold Plasma Gasification projects and Tidal Wave power projects, these Regulations will apply subject to the fulfilment of eligibility criteria specified in these Regulations.

Ø  Eligibility Criteria:

(1)    Wind Power project: using new wind turbine generators, located at the sites approved by State Nodal Agency/State Government;

(2)    Small Hydro Project: located at the sites approved by State Nodal Agency/ State Government using new plant and machinery, and installed power plant capacity to be lower than or equal to 25 MW at single location;

(3)    Solar PV and Solar Thermal Power Project: Based on technologies approved by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE);

(4)    Biomass Gasifier based Power Project: The project shall qualify to be termed as a biomass gasifier-based power project, if it is using new plant and machinery and having a Grid connected system that uses 100% producer gas engine, coupled with gasifier technologies approved by MNRE;

(5)    Biomass Power Project based on Rankine Cycle Technology: Biomass power projects using new plant and machinery based on Rankine cycle technology and using biomass fuel sources, without use of fossil fuel;

(6)    Biogas based Power Project: The project shall qualify to be termed as a biogas-based power project, if it is using new plant and machinery and having grid connected system that uses 100% Biogas fired engine, coupled with Biogas technology for co-digesting agriculture residues, manure and any other biowaste as may be approved by MNRE;

(7)    Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based Power Project: It must use new plant and machinery based on Rankine cycle technology and using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as fuel sources;

(8)    Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) based Power Projects: It must use new plant and machinery based on Rankine cycle technology and using Refuse derived fuel (RDF) as fuel sources;

(9)    Plasma Gasification based Power Projects: It has to use new plant and machinery based on the plasma gasification technology and it is used commercially as a form of waste treatment and has been tested for the gasification of municipal solid waste, biomass, industrial waste, hazardous waste and solid hydrocarbons, such as coal, oil sands, pet coke and oil shale.

(10)Tidal Wave Power Projects: The project shall qualify to be termed as Tidal wave power projects, which uses the energy obtained from tidal waves to generate electricity.

These Regulations shall come into force from the date of publication in the official gazette.

[Notification No. JERC-25/2019]


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