Green Energy Open Access Rules, 2022

Green Energy Open Access Rules, 2022
 

News: Recently, Union Power & NRE Minister Shri R. K. Singh chaired a meeting with Industry and other stakeholders in New Delhi today on Green Energy Open Access Rules.
 

Background:
 The Minister stated that Green Energy Open Access Rules, 2022 are a major step towards India going green and cutting emissions by 45% in line with India’s updated NDC target for 2030. It will also help bring down power cost significantly.
 

What are Green Open Access rules?
 The Green Open Access Rules were notified in June 2022 to further accelerate India's renewable energy programmes. These rules were notified for promoting generation, purchase and consumption of green energy including through waste-to-energy plants.
 

Salient features:
 The Green Open Access is allowed to any consumer and the limit of Open Access Transaction has been reduced from 1 MW to 100 kW for green energy, to enable small consumers also to purchase renewable power through open access.
 Consumers are entitled to demand supply of Green Power from Discoms. Discoms would be obligated to procure and supply green power to eligible consumers.
 Approval for Green Open Access is to be granted in 15 days or else it will be deemed to have been granted.
 Commercial and Industrial consumers are allowed to purchase green power on voluntarily basis.
 Provide certainty on open access charges to be levied on Green Energy Open Access Consumers which includes transmission charges, wheeling charges, cross subsidy surcharge, standby charges wherever applicable, banking charge and other fees and charges such as Load Despatch Centre fees and scheduling charges, deviation settlement charges as per the relevant regulations of the Commission.
 There shall be a uniform Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), on all obligated entities in area of a distribution licensees. Green Hydrogen/Green Ammonia has also been included for fulfillment of its RPO.
 Consumers will be given Green Certificates if they consume green power and will also be facilitated.
 The Ministry of Power has already notified Grid Controller of India Limited as Central Nodal Agency who operates Green Open Access Registry (GOAR) portal (https://greenopenaccess.in) which is the single window portal to register and apply for the Green Energy Open Access.

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