Draft Amendments to Tariff Policy
MINISTRY OF POWER RESOLUTION
New Delhi, the 28thJanuary, 2016
As on 30.05.2018
- 1.1. In compliance with section 3 of the Electricity Act 2003, the Central Government notified the Tariff Policy on 6th January, 2006. Further amendments to the Tariff Policy were notified on 31st March, 2008, 20th January, 2011 and 8th July, 2011. In exercise of powers conferred under section 3(3) of Electricity Act, 2003, the Central Government hereby notifies the revised Tariff Policy to be effective from the date of publication of this resolution in the Gazette of India.Notwithstanding Anything done or any action taken or purported to have been done or taken under the provisions of the Tariff Policy notified on 6th January, 2006 and amendments made thereunder, shall, in so far as it is not inconsistent with this Policy, be deemed to have been done or taken under provisions of this revised policy.
- 1.2. The National Electricity Policy has set the goal of adding new generation capacity and enhancing per capita availability of electricity per year to not only eliminate energy and peaking shortages but to also have a spinning reserve as specified by the Central Electricity Authority. Development of the power sector has also to meet the challenge of providing access for to affordable electricity to all households in next five years.
- 1.3. It is therefore essential to attract adequate investments in the power sector by providing appropriate return on investment as budgetary resources of the Central and State Governments are incapable of providing the requisite funds. It is equally necessary to ensure availability of electricity to different categories of consumers at reasonable rates for achieving the objectives of rapid economic development of the country and improvement in the living standards of the people.
- 1.4. Balancing the requirement of attracting adequate investments to the sector and that of ensuring reasonability of user charges for the consumers is the critical challenge for the regulatory process. Accelerated development of the power sector and its ability to attract necessary investments calls for, inter alia, consistent regulatory approach across the country. Consistency in approach becomes all the more necessary considering the large number of States and the diversities involved.