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PowerMin releases revised draft of Electricity Amendment Bill 2020

News: The Ministry of Power released a revised draft of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 which seeks to amend Electricity Act 2003

Facts:

  • Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority (ECEA): the draft proposes creation of an ECEA. It would adjudicate on matters regarding performance of obligations under a contract related to sale, purchase or transmission of electricity.
  • National Renewable Energy Policy: It proposes a National Renewable Energy Policy to promote generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy.
  • National Load Despatch Centre will be responsible for optimum scheduling and despatch of electricity across different regions.
  • Cross-border trade of electricity has also been specified in the draft
  • It calls for privatisation of discoms (distribution companies) by way of sub-licensing & franchisees.
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