Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has announced a notification in accordance with the Principal regulations MERC (Forecasting, Scheduling and Deviation Settlement for Solar and Wind Generation) Regulations, 2018. In accordance with regulation 1.2 of the principal regulations, the commission has notified that the effective date of commercial arrangement will be 1st July 2019. This has come after Commission has noted the concern raised by Stakeholders during the meeting dated 26 February 2019 regarding the short time available for implementation of the Regulations and also the submission made by MSLDC about its preparedness to rollout the Commercial Arrangement by 30 June 2019.
Further, the commission has also announced amendments in the implementation of Procedure under MERC (Forecasting, Scheduling and Deviation Settlement for Solar and Wind Generation) Regulations, 2018.
The clause 7.1 of the said Detailed Procedure specified the MSLDC fee and charges including scheduling fee and the re-scheduling fee payable by QCA to MSLDC. The said issues were highlighted by REConnect also, how the rates stated by MSLDC are exceptionally high and unfair.
A meeting was held by the commission with the stakeholders where they stated their concern regarding the high charges and how these charges are not so high in other states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan.
The commission has announced the updated fees and charges related to scheduling charges, the abstract of which is as follows: