Power Ministry Amends Electricity Rules 2020

  • The Indian government has approved amendments to the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020. 
  • The amendments aim to simplify the process of setting up rooftop solar installations and empower consumers in multi-storeyed flats. 
  • The rules also provide for check meters to be installed by the distribution company to verify electricity consumption in case of consumer complaints. 

The Major Amendments Include: 

  • Easier and Faster Installation of Rooftop Solar Systems: Exemption for the requirement of the technical feasibility study for systems up to a capacity of 10 kW. 

Separate connections for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: 

Consumers can now obtain separate electricity connections for charging their Electric Vehicles (EVs). 

  • New connections and changes in existing connections: The period for obtaining a new electricity connection has been reduced from seven days to three days in metropolitan areas, from fifteen days to seven days in other municipal areas, and from thirty days to fifteen days in rural areas. 
  • Additional Rights for Consumers in Residential Colonies and Flats: Owners residing in co-operative group housing societies, multi-storied buildings, residential colonies, etc., will now have the option to choose from the distribution licensee either individual connections for everyone or a single-point connection for the whole premises. 
  • Mandatory Additional Meter in Cases of Complaints: The distribution licensee is now required to install an additional meter within five days from the date of receipt of the complaint.
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