MoP issues draft Electricity (Rights of Consumers) (Amendment) Rules, 2021

The MoP has issued the draft Electricity (Rights of Consumers) (Amendment) Rules, 2021, which allow net metering for rooftop solar up to 500 kW or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower, and net billing or net feed-in for other loads. As per the draft amendment, in the case of prosumers availing of net billing or net feed-in, the commission may introduce time-of-day tariffs, which would incentivise prosumers to undertake energy storage. In the case of net metering/net billing or net feed-in, the discom may also install a solar energy meter to measure the gross solar energy generated from the grid-interactive rooftop PV system for renewable purchase obligation credit. Further, the commission may permit gross metering for prosumers willing to sell all the generated solar energy to the distribution licensee. The ministry had invited comments on the draft amendment by April 30, 2021.