Tariff Policy 2006
Under the Electricity Act 2003 and the National Tariff Policy 2006, the central and the state electricity regulatory commissions must purchase a certain percentage of grid-based power from renewable sources. Solar power is to comprise 0.25% of power purchases by states by 2013, and 3% by 2022.
The appropriate electricity commission is to fix a minimum percentage for purchase of energy from renewable and cogeneration sources, taking into account resource availability and impact on tariffs. Percentages for energy purchase were made applicable for tariffs to be determined by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) by 1 April 2006.
Procurement by distribution companies is to be done at preferential tariffs, determined by the appropriate commission, to encourage non-conventional energy technologies to eventually compete with conventional ones. Such procurement is to be done through a competitive bidding process.
In January 2011, the Tariff Policy was amended to align with the National Solar Mission strategy. State electricity regulators to purchase a fixed percentage of solar power. This will be supported by a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mechanism.
Mandatory percentage of energy from Waste-to-Energy plants by distribution licensees by 2017 against a 2016 baseline
Objectives of smart meters mandates by 2017, 2019 against a 2016 baseline