KERC came up with its first draft Smart Grid Regulations on 22nd December, 2015. Smart grid through automation and controls system would deliver electricity more reliably, effectively and environment friendly, thus enabling much wider generation and consumer participation in power sector operations.
Some of the Key points of the regulation are as follows:
- These regulations shall be applicable to all Generation companies, Distribution Licensees, Transmission Licensees and consumers in the state and connected to the state grid.
- The objective of the regulation is to enable integration of various smart grid technologies, enhance network accessibility and measures to bring about efficiency improvement in generation and integrate renewable energy into grid and micro grids.
- The Commission may from time to time issue guidelines for generating company, transmission licenses and distribution licensee in execution of activities like formulation and implementation of smart grid programmes.
- The Commission directs every transmission and distribution licensee to constitute smart grid cells within three months of notification of the regulation which shall be responsible for:
- Baseline study & Development of data
- Formulation of smart grid plans, programmes and projects
- Design and development of smart grid projects including cost benefit analysis and plans for implementation, monitoring and reporting.
- Assist licensees in getting necessary approvals to smart grid plans.
- Implementation of smart grid programmes
- The transmission licensee and distribution licensee may combine activities related to energy efficiency, DSM and smart grid implementation within the same cell.
The Regulation can be accessed here.