Draft Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (State Grid Code) Regulations 2020

Mar 13, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

Industry Specific Compliance

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) on March 01, 2020 has issued a Draft MERC (State Grid Code) Regulation, 2020. The proposed Regulations would supersede the MERC (State Grid Code) Regulations, 2006.

These Regulation will apply to:

a) All generators in the state connected to InSTS which means means any system for the conveyance of electricity by transmission lines within the area of the State and includes all transmission lines, sub-stations and associated equipment of Transmission Licensees (other than the Central Transmission Utility) in the State.

b) Transmission licensee in the State including State Transmission Utility (STU)

c) Maharashtra State Load Despatch Centre (SLDC);

d) Distribution Licensees including Deemed Distribution Licensees, Indian Railways

e) Open access consumers, extra-high voltage (EHV) consumers connected to InSTS.

The objectives of these Regulations are:

a) Documentation of principles and procedures which define the relationship between various Users.

b) Facilitation of optimal operation of the grid, facilitation of coordinated and optimal maintenance planning of generation and transmission facilities in the grid and facilitation of development and planning of economic and reliable State Grid.

c) By specifying optimum design and operational criteria to assist Users in their requirement to comply with License obligations and hence ensure that a system of acceptable quality is maintained.

d) To manage a coordinated generation and transmission outage programme for the State/Regional grid and to minimize surplus or deficits, if any, to operate the system within Security limits.

e) To set out and define the various procedures/mechanisms in line with MERC DSM Regulations, 2019 and provisions of these regulations such as Declared Capacity (DC) Demonstration, Commercial Operation Date (COD) declaration procedure, Reactive Power Pricing Mechanism and implementation of revised technical minimum.

f) To improve cooperation by providing a mechanism for clear and consistent disclosure of all information and establishment of the strong communication mechanism between STU, SLDC, Transmission Licensees and InSTS Users.

g) To facilitate large-scale grid integration of solar and wind generating stations while maintaining the grid stability and security envisaged under the SGC.

h) To set out a mechanism for accounting and settlement of Reactive Energy Charges.

MERC invites comments, suggestions and / or objections on the draft Regulations on or before March 23, 2020. These may be sent in 2 (1+1) copies to the Secretary, MERC, 13th floor, Centre No. 1, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400005 personally or by post; or sent by E-mail: [email protected].  


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