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Net Metering – Maharashtra

1 Short title, extent and commencement of Net Metering – Maharashtra

1.1 These Regulations may be called the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission\s(Grid Interactive Rooftop Renewable Energy Generating Systems) Regulations, 2019.

1.2 These Regulations shall extend to the whole of the State of Maharashtra.

1.3 These Regulations shall come into force from the date of their publication in the Official Gazette.

2 Definitions regarding Net Metering – Maharashtra

2.1 In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,\s(a) “Act” means the Electricity Act, 2003 (36 of 2003);

(b) “Average Power Purchase Cost” or “APPC” means the weighted average price at which the Distribution Licensee has purchased or is expected to purchase electricity (excluding procurement from RE sources and liquid fuel sources), including the cost of self-generation, if any, as approved by the Commission in the relevant Tariff Order or any other general or specific Order;

(c) “Banked Energy” denotes the surplus Renewable Energy generated and credited with the Distribution Licensee after set off with consumption in the same Time of Day slot, if applicable;

(d) “Billing Cycle” or “Billing Period” means the period for which the electricity bill is raised by the concerned Distribution Licensee;\s(e) “Check Meter” means a metre, used for accounting and billing of electricity in case of failure of Net Meter or Renewable Energy Generation Meter;\s(f) “Commission” means the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission constituted under the Act;\s(g) “Consumer” means a consumer as defined in the Act;

(h) “Contract Demand” means the demand in kilowatt (‘kW’) or kilovolt ampere (‘kVA’) or Horse Power (‘HP’), as mutually agreed between the Distribution Licensee and the consumer, and as entered into in an agreement in which the Distribution Licensee makes a commitment to supply in accordance with the terms and conditions contained therein; or equal to the Sanctioned Load, where the Contract Demand has not been provided in such agreement;

I “Electricity Supply Code” means the Electricity Supply Code specified by the Commission under Section 50 of the Act;

(j) “Eligible Consumer” means a consumer of electricity in the area of supply of the Distribution Licensee who uses or intends to use a Renewable Energy Generating System having a capacity less than 1 MW, installed on a roof-top or any other mounting structure in his premises, to meet all or part or no part of his own electricity requirement, and includes a Consumer catering to a common load such as a Housing Society:

Provided that such Generating System may be owned and/or operated by such Consumer, or by a Distribution Licensee or third party leasing such System to the Consumer:

Provided additionally that in case of Net Billing Arrangement, the capacity limit of 1 MW shall not apply;

(k) “Generic Tariff” means the Generic Tariff approved or adopted by the Commission for generation from different Renewable Energy sources in accordance with the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for Determination of Renewable Energy Tariff) Regulations, 2019, or as amended from time to time;

(l) “Inter-connection Point” means the interface of the Renewable Energy Generating

System with the outgoing terminals of the metre / Distribution Licensee’s cut-outs/ switchgear fixed in the premises of the Eligible Consumer:

Provided that, in the case of an Eligible Consumer connected at the High Tension (‘HT’) level, the ‘Inter-connection Point’ shall mean the interface of the Renewable Energy Generating System with the outgoing terminals of the Distribution Licensee’s metering cubicle placed before such Consumer’s apparatus;\s(m)“Invoice” means a Monthly Bill or Supplementary Bill, or Monthly Invoice or Supplementary Invoice, as the case may be, raised by the Distribution Licensee;\s(n) “Net Billing Arrangement” means an arrangement under which energy generated by Renewable Energy Generating System is purchased by the Distribution Licensee and the Distribution Licensee raises the bills on the consumer for his consumption at the approved grid tariff, after giving credit for total generated electricity against a pre- determined tariff;\s(o) “Net Billing Connection Agreement” means an agreement entered into by a Distribution Licensee and an Eligible Consumer for executing a Net Billing arrangement;\s(p) “Net Meter” means a bi-directional energy metre, which is capable of recording both the import and export of electricity;\s(q) “Net Metering Arrangement” means an arrangement under which a Renewable Energy Generating System with Net Meter installed at an Eligible Consumer’s premises, delivers surplus electricity, if any, to the Distribution Licensee after setting off the quantum of electricity supplied by such Licensee during the applicable Billing Period;\s(r) “Net Metering Connection Agreement” means an agreement entered into by a Distribution Licensee and an Eligible Consumer for executing a Net Metering arrangement;

(s) “Obligated Entity” means an entity required to fulfil a Renewable Purchase Obligation (‘RPO’) as stipulated by the Commission in Regulations regulating such Obligation (‘the RPO Regulations’);

(t) “Premises” means and includes roof-tops or any locations on the land, building or infrastructure or part or combination thereof in respect of which a separate metre has

2.2\s(u) “Renewable Energy’’ means the grid connected and grid quality energy generated by Renewable Energy sources, including a combination of such sources;

(v) “Renewable Energy Certificate” means the Certificate issued in accordance with the procedures specified by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission;\s(w) “Renewable Energy Generating System” means the Renewable Energy power system with or without energy storage installed on a Consumer’s premises, and owned and/or operated by such Consumer or by a Distribution Licensee or a third party, that uses Renewable Energy for conversion into electricity;

(x) “Renewable Energy Generation Meter” means an energy metre used for measuring the energy generated by the Renewable Energy Generating System for the purpose of accounting and billing:\sProvided that a separate Renewable Energy Generation Meter shall be installed for each source of Renewable Energy in case of hybrid or combination of such sources;

(y) “Renewable Energy sources” means the renewable sources or combination of such sources, such as Mini, Micro and Small Hydro, Wind, Solar, Biomass including bagasse, bio-fuel, urban or Municipal Solid Waste as defined in the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for Determination of Renewable Energy Tariff) Regulations, 2019, as amended from time to time, and such other sources as are recognised or approved by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India;

(z) “Settlement Period” indicates the period commencing from the first day of April of a calendar year and concluding with the thirty-first day of March of the following calendar year.

Words and expressions used in these Regulations which are not specifically defined herein but are defined in the Act shall have the meaning assigned to them in the Act; and, if not defined in the Act, shall have the meaning assigned to them in any Act of Parliament or the State Legislature applicable to the electricity industry.

been provided by the Distribution Licensee for the supply of electricity;

PART A – GENERAL (Net Metering – Maharashtra)

3.1 These Regulations would apply to:\s(a) Net Metering Arrangements;\s(b) Net Billing Arrangements;\s(c) Grid Connected Renewable Energy Generating Systems connected behind the\sConsumer’s metre, who have not selected either for Net Metering Arrangement or Net Billing Arrangement.

3.2 These Regulations shall be applicable to all Grid Interactive installations for which Applications are received on or after the notification of these Regulations.

4 General Conditions of Net Metering Arrangement and Net Billing Arrangement for Net Metering – Maharashtra

4.1 Net Metering Arrangement or Net Billing Arrangement, as the case may be, shall be permitted by the Distribution Licensee on a non-discriminatory and Distribution Transformer-wise or feeder wise ‘first come, first serve’ basis to Eligible Consumers who have installed or intend to install a Renewable Energy Generating System connected to the Network of such Distribution Licensee:\sProvided that the inter-connection of such System with the Network of the Distribution Licensee is undertaken in accordance with the standards and norms specified in the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) (Technical Standard for Connectivity of the Distributed Generation Resources) Regulations, 2013 or as may be specified in future.

4.2 The Eligible Consumer of all categories may set up the Renewable Energy Generating System under the Net Metering Arrangement or Net Billing Arrangement.

5 Capacity restrictions at Distribution Transformer level for Net Metering – Maharashtra

5.1 The Distribution Licensee shall allow Net Metering Arrangement or Net Billing Arrangement, as the case may be, to Eligible Consumers as described in these Regulations.

5.2 The total capacity of all Renewable Energy Generating Systems under Net Metering Arrangements and/or Net Billing Arrangements linked to a specific Distribution Transformer/feeder of the Licensee should not exceed 70% of its rated capacity:

Provided that the Distribution Licensee may approve Net Metering and/or Net Billing connectivity exceeding 70% of such rated capacity upon evaluation of a complete load study carried out by it.

5.3 The Distribution Licensee shall update the Distribution Transformer-wise capacity available and the cumulative capacity of the Renewable Energy Generating Systems installed under Net Metering arrangements quarterly, and provide the information on its website in the month following the close of the relevant quarter in the format specified in Annexure 6.\sPART B – TECHNICAL ARRANGEMENTS 6 Eligible Consumer and individual Project capacity

6.1 The minimal size of the Renewable Energy Generating System that can be set up under Net Metering Arrangement and Net Billing Arrangement would be 1 kW.

6.2 The capacity of the Renewable Energy Generating System to be connected at the Eligible Consumer’s premises shall not exceed the Sanctioned load (in kW) or the Contract Demand (in kVA) of the Consumer, as applicable.

6.3 The maximum Renewable Energy Generating System capacity to be installed at an Eligible Consumer’s premises shall be subject to the cumulative capacity of the relevant Distribution Transformer, which has already been utilised, as specified in Regulation 5.2:\sProvided that a variation in the rated capacity of the System within a range of five percent shall be allowed.

6.4 HT (11 kV and above) Consumers may install and connect Renewable Energy Generating System at their LT Bus Bar System:\sProvided that, in such situations, the Net Meter will be located on the HT side of the Consumer’s Transformer.

6.5 An Eligible Consumer may install or enhance the capacity of, or upgrade the Renewable Energy Generating Systems at different locations within the same premises:\sProvided that the total capacity of such Systems within the same premises shall not exceed the capacity limits specified in Regulations 6.2 and 6.3.

6.6 Consumers with pending arrears with the Distribution Licensee shall not be eligible for Net Metering Arrangement or Net Billing Arrangement under these Regulations.

7 Inter-connection with the Distribution Network / Grid, Standards and Safety for Net Metering – Maharashtra

7.1 The Distribution Licensee shall ensure that the inter-connection of the Renewable Energy Generating System with its Network conforms to the specifications, standards and other provisions specified in the CEA (Technical Standard for Connectivity of the Distributed Generation Resources) Regulations, 2013, the CEA (Measures relating to Safety and Electric Supply), Regulations, 2010, and the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (State Grid Code) Regulations, 2006, or as may be specified in future.

7.2 The Eligible Consumer may install a Renewable Energy Generating System with or without storage:\sProvided that, if an Eligible Consumer opts for connectivity with storage, the inverter shall have appropriate arrangement to prevent the power from flowing into the grid in the absence of grid supply, and that an automatic as well as manual isolation switch shall also be provided.

7.3 The Eligible Consumer shall be responsible for the safe operation, maintenance and rectification of any defect in the Renewable Energy Generating System up to the point of Net Meter or Renewable Energy Generation Meter, beyond which point such responsibility, including in respect of the Net Meter, shall be that of the Distribution Licensee:

Provided moreover that the Renewable Energy Generation Meter shall be maintained by the Distribution Licensee.

7.4 The Distribution Licensee shall have the right to disconnect the Renewable Energy Generating System from its network at any time in the event of any threat of accident or damage from such System to its distribution system so as to avoid any accident or damage to it:\sProvided that the Distribution Licensee, considering the criticality, may call upon the Consumer to rectify the defect within a reasonable time.

7.5 The Renewable Energy Generating System shall include suitable protection for islanding the RE generating system from the network of the Distribution Licensee to avoid any feeding into the grid in case of breakdown of supply or grid:

Provided that applicable IEC/IEEE Technical Standards shall be followed to test islanding prevention measure for grid connected inverters.

7.6 Every Renewable Energy Generating System shall be fitted with an automatic synchronisation device:

Provided that the Renewable Energy Generating System employing inverter should not be necessary to have separate synchronisation device, if it is inherently included within the inverter.

7.7 The inverter shall have the features of filtering out harmonics and other distortions before injecting the energy into the system of the Distribution Licensee.

7.8 The Total Voltage Harmonic Distortion (THD) shall be within the limitations defined in the Indian Electricity Grid Code (IEGC)/IEEE technical standards.

7.9 Grid Connected Renewable Energy Generating Systems connected behind the Consumer’s metre, and not selecting for either Net Metering Arrangement or Net Billing Arrangement, must be allowed only after prior communication to the appropriate Distribution Licensee:

Provided that the Consumer shall be responsible for ensuring that the necessary safeguarding measures as defined by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) are taken:

Provided further that the Commission may determine additional Fixed Charges or Demand Charges and any other Charges for such Grid Connected systems excluding Non-fossil fuel-based Cogeneration Plants, in the retail Tariff Order, if the Distribution Licensee proposes such additional Fixed Charges or Demand Charges and any other Charges for such systems, in its retail supply Tariff Petition, supported by adequate justification:

Provided also that in case the Consumer instals Renewable Energy Generating Systems behind the Consumer’s metre without prior intimation to the respective Distribution Licensee, then the total additional liabilities in terms of additional Fixed Charges or Demand Charges and any other Charges for such systems, shall be levied at twice the determined rate for such period of default.

7.10 The model Form, for intimating installation of Renewable Energy Generator behind the metre by the Eligible Consumer to the concerned Licensee, is laid out at Annexure 5 of these Regulations.

8 Metering Infrastructure for Net Metering – Maharashtra

8.1 All metres placed at the Renewable Energy Generating System shall comply with the CEA (Installation and Operation of Meters) Regulations, 2006 and later revisions thereof.

8.2 All metres shall have Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) facility with RS 485 (or higher) connection port.

8.3 The Net Metering Arrangement shall include a single-phase or a three-phase Net Meter, as may be necessary, positioned at the point of inter-connection as ascertained by the Distribution Licensee.

8.4 Existing Meter on the premises of the Eligible Consumer shall be replaced by the Net Meter at the cost of the Consumer, in line with the rules of the Electricity Supply Code.

8.5 If the Eligible Consumer is within the scope of Time-of-Day (‘ToD’) Tariff, the Net Meter placed shall be capable of recording ToD consumption and generation.

8.6 The Distribution Licensee shall be responsible for the testing, installation, and maintenance of the metering equipment, and its conformance to the applicable standards and specifications.

8.7 The Eligible Consumer shall obtain, at his own cost, a Renewable Energy Generation Meter complying to the applicable CEA Regulations at a suitable place to measure the energy generated from the Renewable Energy Generating System.

8.8 The Renewable Energy Generation Meter shall be maintained by the Distribution Licensee.

8.9 The Net Meter and the Renewable Energy Generation Meter shall be erected at such locations in the premises of the Eligible Consumer as would permit convenient access to the Distribution Licensee for metre reading.

8.10 In case of Renewable Energy Generating System with capacity exceeding 20 kW set up under Net Metering Arrangement, a Check Meter of appropriate class shall be installed by the Distribution Licensee for the Renewable Energy Generation Meter:

Provided that installation of Check Meter shall be optional for Renewable Energy Generating System with capacity up to and including 20 kW.

8.11 In case of Renewable Energy Generating System set up under Net Billing Arrangement, an extra Check Meter for the Renewable Energy Generation Meter of appropriate class shall be installed by the Distribution Licensee.

9 Procedure for Application and Registration

9.1 The Eligible Consumer shall apply to the applicable Distribution Licensee for connecting of the Renewable Energy Generating System with the Licensee’s Network together with a registration fee as follows and the Distribution Licensee shall acknowledge receipt of such application:

Particulars

Registration Fee\s Low Tension Consumer High Tension Consumer\sRs. 500 for consumer having Sanctioned Load or Contract Demand upto 20 kW and Rs 100 thereafter for every 20 kW or part thereof Rs 5,000/-\s Provided that the Commission may stipulate such other amount through Schedule of Charges of the Distribution Licensee from time to time.

9.2 All applications and payment of fees shall be compulsorily made using web-based processing system by electronic means exclusively.

9.3 The Consumer shall compulsorily supply details of email address and mobile number, along with the application.

9.4 All correspondence by the Distribution Licensee with the Consumer shall be through email and mobile exclusively.

9.5 The procedure for application for connectivity of a Renewable Energy Generating System with the Network of the Distribution Licensee is set out at Annexure 1 of these Regulations.

9.6 The model Form, together with check-list, for application to be made by the Eligible Consumer to the concerned Licensee, is laid out at Annexure 2 of these Regulations.

9.7 Before rejecting any application for setting up a Renewable Energy Generating System at a particular Distribution Transformer, the Distribution Licensee shall serve the applicant with a notice to rectify the defects in the ambit of the consumer, within 15 days or such longer period as may be necessary, the deficiencies:

Provided that in case approval cannot be obtained owing to limited Distribution Transformer capacity or any other technical limits, the consumer should be informed by written communication only, detailing the reasons of the rejection:

Provided further that the application may be evaluated, in chronological order of seniority and if the Consumer so opts, when such capacity becomes available/technical constraint is rectified.

9.8 The approval for connectivity from the Distribution Licensee shall state the maximum allowable capacity of the System, and shall be valid for a period of 6 months from the date of approval, or such extended duration as may be agreed to by the Distribution Licensee:

Provided that if the Consumer fails to set up the Renewable Energy Generating System within the above indicated period, then the approval shall be assumed to be cancelled, and the Consumer shall have to apply afresh.

10 Connection Agreement

10.1 The Distribution Licensee and Eligible Consumer shall enter into a Net Metering Connection Agreement or Net Billing Connection Agreement, as the case may be, after approval of connectivity of the Renewable Energy Generating System with the distribution Network but before the start of actual generation from the System.

10.2 A model Net Metering Connection Agreement is available at Annexure 3, which the Distribution Licensee may change properly, subject to conformity with these Regulations.

10.3 A model Net Billing Connection Agreement is available at Annexure 4, which the Distribution Licensee may change properly, subject to conformity with these Regulations.

10.4 The Distribution Licensee shall make accessible the Agreement formats on its website, along with the applicable procedure and Application and other relevant forms, within two months of notification of these Regulations.

10.5 The Connection Agreement shall remain in force for twenty years:

Provided that the Eligible Consumer may terminate the Agreement at any time by giving 90 days’ notice to the Distribution Licensee:

Provided further that the Distribution Licensee may terminate the Agreement by giving 30 days’ notice, if the Eligible Consumer breaches any term of the Agreement and does not remedy such breach within 30 days, or such other longer period as may be provided, of receiving notice from the Licensee of such breach, or for any other valid reason to be communicated in writing:

Provided furthermore that the Distribution Licensee may terminate the Agreement by giving 15 days’ notice in case the customer fails to pay his dues in a timely manner or indulges in any malpractices:

Provided furthermore that the Agreement may be cancelled at any time by mutual consent.

10.6 The Eligible Consumer shall, upon termination of the Agreement, disconnect forthwith its Renewable Energy Generating System from the Distribution Licensee’s Network.

PART C – COMMERCIAL ARRANGEMENTS 11 Net Metering – Energy Accounting and Settlement

11.1 The accounting of electricity exported and imported by the Eligible Consumer shall become effective from the date of connecting of the Renewable Energy Generating System with the distribution network.

11.2 The Distribution Licensee shall undertake meter reading of both, the Renewable Energy Generation Meter and the Net Meter, for all Eligible Consumers, according to the normal metering cycle.

11.3 For each Billing Period, the Distribution Licensee shall make the following information available on its bill to the Eligible Consumer:

a) Quantum of Renewable Energy generation recorded in the Renewable Energy Generation Meter in the billing period, including opening and closing balance;\sb) Quantum of electricity units consumed by the Consumer in the billing period, including opening and closing balance;\sc) Quantum of net billed electricity units, for which a payment is to be made by the Consumer;\sd) Banked Energy and corresponding monetary compensation, adjusted in the billing period;\se) Renewable Energy generation units used by the Distribution Licensee for RPO compliance.

11.4 The energy generated by the Renewable Energy Generating Station shall be offset against the energy use of the consumer from the Distribution Licensee in the following manner:

a) If the quantum of electricity exported exceeds the quantum imported during the Billing Period, the excess quantum shall be carried forward to the next Billing Period as credited Units of electricity;\sb) If the quantum of electricity Units imported by the Eligible Consumer during any Billing Period exceeds the quantum exported, the Distribution Licensee shall raise its invoice for the net electricity consumption after adjusting the credited Units;\sc) The unadjusted net credited Units of electricity as at the end of each financial year shall be purchased by the Distribution Licensee at the Generic Tariff approved by the Commission for that year, within the first month of the following year: Provided that, at the beginning of each Settlement Period, the cumulative quantum of injected electricity carried forward will be re-set to zero;

d) In case the Eligible Consumer is within the ambit of Time of Day (ToD) tariff, the electricity consumption in any time block, i.e. peak hours, off-peak hours, etc., shall be first compensated with the quantum of electricity injected in the same time block; any excess injection over and above the consumption in any other time block in a Billing Cycle shall be accounted as if the excess injection had occurred during off- peak hours;\se) The Distribution Licensee shall compute the amount payable to the Eligible Consumer for the excess Renewable Energy purchased by it as specified in Regulation 11.4 (c), and shall provide credit equivalent to the amount payable in the immediately succeeding Billing Cycle.

11.5 The Commission may determine in the retail Tariff Order such Grid Support Charges to be levied on the generated energy under Net Metering systems which shall cover balancing, banking and wheeling cost after adjusting RPO benefits, avoided distribution losses and any other benefits accruing to the Distribution Licensee. These Grid Support Charges would be calculated consumer tariff category wise, depending on the proposal of the Distribution Licensee in its retail supply Tariff Petition, accompanied by acceptable justification:

Provided that the consumers of all Categories with Sanctioned Load up to 10 kW shall be exempted from payment of Grid Support Charges for Net Metering systems:

11.6 The Distribution Licensee shall accept the power as per the Useful Life of the Renewable Energy Generating System, unless the Eligible Consumer ceases to be a consumer of the Licensee or the Renewable Energy Generating System is abandoned earlier.

11.7 In case the Eligible Consumer departs the system or changes the Supply Licensee, the excess electricity shall be treated in the following manner:

a) The unadjusted Units as on date of leaving the system or changing the Supply Licensee shall be compensated at the Generic Tariff, and adjusted along with the final bill settlement with the existing Supply Licensee;\sb) Any injection of electricity without entering into a new Net Metering Agreement with the new Supply Licensee shall be considered as inadvertent injection and shall not be paid for by the new Supply Licensee.

11.8 The Eligible Consumer shall have recourse, in case of any dispute with the Distribution Licensee regarding billing, to the mechanism specified by the Commission under Sections (5) to (7) of the Act for the redressal of grievances:\sProvided that in case of any dispute with the Distribution Licensee with regard to\implementation of Regulation 5.2 of these Regulations, the concerned Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum may take assistance on technical matters from any Independent Advisor empanelled with the Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) (MEDA).

12 Net Billing – Energy Accounting and Settlement

12.1 Net billing is the arrangement where the Renewable Energy Generating Station is:\sa) Installed to serve a specific consumer,\sb) Connected on the Distribution Licensee side or consumer side of the consumer\smeter,\sc) Selling entire power generated to a Distribution Licensee under Power Purchase\sAgreement:

Provided that if the Renewable Energy Generating Station is linked on the consumer side of the consumer metre, then the consumer shall have to replace the consumer metre with a Net Meter.

12.2 The accounting of electricity exported and imported by the Eligible Consumer shall become effective from the date of connecting of the Renewable Energy Generating System with the distribution network.

12.3 The Distribution Licensee shall undertake metre reading of both, the Renewable Energy Generation Meter and the Consumer Meter or Net Meter, as applicable, for all Eligible Consumers, according to the normal metering cycle.

12.4 For each Billing Period, the Distribution Licensee shall make the following information available on its bill to the Eligible Consumer:

a) Quantum of Renewable Energy generation recorded in the Renewable Energy Generation Meter, including opening and closing balance;\sb) Quantum of electricity units consumed by the Consumer in the billing period, including opening and closing balance;\sc) Amount of billing credit, if any, in the billing period, including opening and closing balance;\sd) Renewable Energy generation units used by the Distribution Licensee for RPO compliance.

12.5 The Distribution Licensee shall enter into Power Purchase Agreement at the APPC approved for the appropriate time by the Commission:

Provided that the APPC stipulated in the Power Purchase Agreement shall be constant for the entire duration of the Agreement.

12.6 The Distribution Licensee shall raise bill on the Consumer in line with the following equation:

Energy Bill of consumer = Fixed Charges + other applicable charges and levies + (EDL x TRST) – (ERE * TPPA) – Billing Credit;\sWhere:\sa) Fixed Charges means the Fixed/Demand Charges as applicable to the consumer\scategory as per the applicable retail supply Tariff Order;\sb) Other charges and levies mean any other charges such as municipal tax, cess, etc.;\sc) ERE means the energy units recorded for the billing period by the Renewable\sEnergy Generation Meter;\sd) TPPA means the energy charges as per the Power Purchase Agreement signed\sbetween the Consumer and Distribution Licensee, in accordance with Regulation\s12.5;\se) EDL means the energy units supplied (i.e., Gross Electricity Consumption by the\sConsumer) by the Distribution Licensee as recorded by the consumer metre for\sthe billing period;\sf) TRST means the applicable retail supply tariff of the concerned consumer category\sas per the applicable retail supply Tariff Order of the Commission;\sg) Billing Credit is the amount by which the value of Renewable Energy generation in a particular month is more than the value of all other components of consumer\sbill.

13 Energy Accounting during metre defect/failure/burnt

13.1 In case of defective/failure/burnt condition of any metre, the Distribution Licensee shall replace the metre as specified in the Electricity Supply Code.

13.2 The electricity generated by the Renewable Energy Generating System during the period in which the metre is defective shall be determined based on the readings of the Check Meter:

Provided that if the Check Meter is not installed, then the electricity generated shall be considered equal to the average monthly generation in the last one year or such shorter period as available.

13.3 The consumption of the Consumer during the period in which the Consumer metre or Net\sMeter is defective shall be determined as specified in the Electricity Supply Code.

14 Renewable Purchase Obligation for Net Metering – Maharashtra

14.1 The quantum of electricity consumed by the Eligible Consumer from the Renewable Energy Generating System under the Net Metering Arrangement shall qualify towards his compliance of RPO, if such Consumer is an Obligated Entity.

14.2 The quantum of electricity consumed by the Eligible Consumer from the Renewable Energy Generating System under the Net Metering arrangement shall, if such Consumer is not an Obligated Entity, qualify towards meeting the RPO of the Distribution Licensee.

14.3 All units of Renewable Energy purchased by the Distribution Licensee shall qualify towards meeting its RPO.

14.4 Under the Net Billing Arrangement, the entire quantum of electricity recorded by the Generation Meter shall qualify towards meeting the RPO of the Distribution Licensee.

15 Eligibility under Renewable Energy Certificate mechanism for Net Metering – Maharashtra

The Renewable Energy generated by an Eligible Consumer under the Net Metering Arrangement or the Net Billing Arrangement under these Regulations shall not be eligible for issuance of Renewable Energy Certificate.

PART D – MISCELLANEOUS for Net Metering – Maharashtra

16 Power to Relax

The Commission may, by general or special order, for reasons to be recorded in writing and after giving an opportunity of hearing to the parties likely to be affected, relax or waive any of the provisions of these Regulations on its own motion or on an application made to it by any interested person.

17 Issue of Orders and Practice Directions Net Metering – Maharashtra

Subject to the provisions of the Act, the Commission may from time to time issue Orders\sand Practice Directions with regard to the implementation of these Regulations.

18 Power to amend Net Metering – Maharashtra

The Commission may, at any time, vary, alter, modify or amend any provisions of these Regulations, for reasons to be recorded in writing.

19 Power to remove difficulties Net Metering – Maharashtra

If any difficulty arises in giving effect to the provisions of these Regulations, the Commission may, by general or specific Order, make such provisions not inconsistent with the provisions of the Act as may appear to it to be necessary for removing such difficulty.

20 Repeal and Savings for Net Metering – Maharashtra

Save as otherwise provided in these Regulations, the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Photo Voltaic Systems) Regulations, 2015 are hereby repealed:

Provided that Renewable Energy Generating Systems covered under the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Photo Voltaic Systems) Regulations, 2015, shall continue to be governed by the aforesaid Regulations till validity of the Agreement signed under the aforesaid Regulations.

Please find the link released by the Government of Maharashtra:

https://www.mahadiscom.in/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/41.-30.12.2019-Grid-Interactive-RRE-Regulations2019-English.pdf

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