Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering for Renewable Energy in Delhi

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Group Net Metering and Virtual Net
Metering for Renewable Energy) Guidelines, 2019

 

No.F9 (182)/DERC/DS/2016-17/484 In exercise of powers conferred under Regulation 14 of the DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014 and all other powers enabling it in this behalf, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission hereby makes the following Guidelines for implementation of Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering framework under DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014

 

“Group Net Metering” means an arrangement whereby surplus energy generated/injected from a Renewable Energy System or Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) charged through Renewable Energy System is exported to the grid through Net Meter and the exported energy is adjusted in more than one
electricity service connection(s) of the same consumer located within the same distribution licensee’s area of supply;

“Virtual Net Metering” means an arrangement whereby entire energy generated/injected from a Renewable Energy System or Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) charged through Renewable Energy System is exported to the grid from renewable energy meter/ gross meter and the energy exported is
adjusted in more than one electricity service connection(s) of participating consumers located within the same distribution licensee’s area of supply

 

General & Applicability

  1. Group Net Metering Framework shall be applicable for all consumers of NCT of Delhi
  2. Virtual Net Metering Framework shall be applicable for residential consumers, Group housing societies, offices of Government /Local Authorities and Renewable Energy Generators registered under Mukhya Mantri Kisaan Aay Badhotari Yojna
  3. The annual generation of Renewable Energy System or Renewable Energy System with Battery Energy Storage System may be capped as per the normative CUF or PLF as decided by the Commission from time to time for the respective Renewable Energy Technology
  4. The enhancement of line capacity in terms of Regulation 5(4) of the Net Metering Regulations, 2014 for Renewable Energy System of capacity higher than the sanctioned load of the consumer shall be used only for calculation of Service Line cum Development (SLD) charges and not for levying corresponding additional fixed charges.
  5. The distribution licensee shall carry out network augmentation as per the provisions of DERC (Supply Code and Performance Standards) Regulations 2017 as amended from time to time and orders issued there under.
  6. The distribution licensee shall facilitate and bear the capital expenditure on account of Service Line cum Development (SLD) and network augmentation towards Renewable Energy projects registered under Mukhya Mantri Kisaan Aay Badhotari Yojna and the same shall be pass through in Aggregate Revenue Requirement (ARR) for the schemes implemented upto 31st March 2022 subject to prudence check by the Commission.
  7. The provision for providing land space shall be governed as per provisions of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Supply Code and Performance Page 3 of 7 Standards) Regulations, 2017, as amended from time to time and Orders issued there under.
  8. The capacity of the Renewable Energy System under Group Net Metering or Virtual Net Metering framework to be installed by any Renewable Energy Generator shall not be less than 5 kilo Watt and more than 5000 kilo Watt
  9. The Distribution licensee shall carry out detailed technical study for impact of renewable energy system installed under DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations 2014 on distribution system in respect of grid voltage & frequency imbalance, harmonics and technical losses etc. in its area of supply and submit the report to the Commission within four months from the date of issue of these guidelines

Procedure for Application and Registration

  1. The consumer(s)/ applicant(s) shall submit an application for Group Net Metering or Virtual Net Metering in the format prescribed by the Distribution Licensee along with a non refundable fee of Rs.1000/- (Rupees one Thousand) to the concerned Distribution Licensee for feasibility analysis. The consumer can download the application form from the website of the distribution licensee.
  2. The Distribution Licensees shall allow connectivity of Renewable Energy System with the distribution system and process the application under Group Net metering or Virtual Net Metering as per the provisions laid down under Regulation 5 and Regulation 6 of DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014 and the procedure for connectivity of Renewable Energy
    System for Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering shall be three tier process, which is as follows

    1. Feasibility Analysis,
    2. Registration
    3. Connection Agreement.
  3. The procedure for connectivity for Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering shall be as per clause 3 (2) to clause 3 (18) of the Net Metering Guidelines, 2014
  4. Metering Arrangement
    1. Distribution Licensee shall install Renewable Energy meter(s) at Generation point(s) which shall facilitate remote meter reading as per Regulation 8 of DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014
    2. Cost of the Net Meter, which is capable of recording both import and export of electricity, shall mean the differential cost between existing consumer meter, if removed and such a new Net Meter is installed to be borne by the consumer
  5. Procedure for billing and energy accounting under Group Net Metering Framework:-
    1. The procedure for billing and Energy accounting of electricity connection(s) under Group Net Metering shall be as per DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014.
    2. In addition to the provision under Regulation 9(2) of DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014, it is further provided that –
      1. Where the export of units during any billing period exceeds the import of units
        at the connection where Renewable Energy system is located, such surplus units injected into the grid shall be adjusted against the energy consumed in the monthly bill of service connection(s) in a sequence indicated in the priority list provided by the consumer. The sequence of priority for adjustment shall be deemed to begin with the service connection where the Renewable Energy System is located
      2. The priority list for adjustment of the balance surplus energy against other electricity connection(s) may be revised by the consumer once in every financial year with an advance notice of two months:
      3. The electricity consumption in any time block (e.g., peak hours, off-peak hours, etc.) shall be first compensated with the electricity generation in the similar time blocks in the same billing cycle of the consumer where the Renewable Energy System is located and any surplus units injected shall be adjusted against the energy consumed in the monthly bill of service connection(s) in a sequence indicated in the priority list provided by the consumer as if the surplus generation/ Energy Credits occurred during the off peak time block for Time of Day (ToD) consumers and normal time block for
        Non-ToD consumer
      4. Where during any billing period the export of units either in Non-ToD Tariff or
        ToD Tariff exceeds the import of units by the electricity service connection(s),
        such surplus units injected by the consumer shall be carried forward to the next billing period as energy credit and shown as energy exported by the consumer for adjustment against the energy consumed in subsequent billing periods within the settlement period in the sequence indicated in the priority list
      5. For the purpose of carry forward of surplus or set off of energy credits, the energy units shall be moderated as per the relevant rebate/surcharge percentage of ToD tariff applicable for the relevant year. Any surplus generation over consumption in any time block in a billing cycle shall be accounted as if the surplus generation/ Energy Credits occurred during the off-peak time block for ToD consumers and normal time block for Non ToD consumer
  6. Procedure for billing and energy accounting under Virtual Net Metering Framework:-
    1. The procedure for billing and Energy accounting of electricity connection(s) under Virtual Net Metering shall be as per DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014.
    2. ) In addition to the provision under Regulation 9(2) of DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014, it is further provided that –
      1. The energy generated from Renewable Energy System shall be credited in the monthly electricity bill of each participating consumer(s) as per the ratio of procurement from Renewable Energy System indicated under the agreement/ MoU entered by the consumer(s)
      2. . The consumer(s) shall have the option to change the share of credit of electricity from Renewable Energy System subject to the ratio of procurement from Renewable Energy System indicated under the agreement/ MoU entered by the consumer(s) once in the financial year with an advance notice of two months
      3. Where the service connection of any participating consumer(s) is disconnected due to any reason under any law for the time being in force, the unadjusted units/ remaining credits of that consumer shall be paid by the distribution licensee at the end of the financial year.
      4. The electricity consumption in any time block (e.g., peak hours, off-peak hours, etc.) shall be first compensated with the electricity generation in the similar time blocks in the same billing cycle of the participating consumer(s). Any surplus generation over consumption in any time block in a billing cycle shall be accounted as if the surplus generation/ Energy Credits occurred during the offpeak time block
      5. Where the units credited during any billing period of any participating consumer
        exceeds the import of units by that consumer, such surplus credited units shall be carried forward in the next billing period as energy credits for adjustment against the energy consumed in subsequent billing periods within the settlement period of each participating consumer(s).
      6. For the purpose of carry forward of surplus or set off of energy credits, the energy units shall be moderated as per the relevant rebate/surcharge percentage of ToD tariff applicable for the relevant year
  7. Tariff at the end of financial year for surplus energy
    1. Tariff at the end of financial year for surplus energy shall be as per clause 7 of the
      Net Metering Guidelines, 2014.
  8. Applicability of other charges
    1. The Renewable Energy System commissioned till 31st march 2022 under DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014, shall be exempted during its useful life from payment of wheeling charge, banking charge, cross subsidy charge and any other charge(s), as decided by the Commission by an order.
  9. Guideline copy is attached for your reference. Contact us at an@enfrosun.com for more details
    1. Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Guidelines, 2019

Maruti Suzuki to Harness Solar Power to Manufacture Cars in Gurugram Plant

Maruti Suzuki India Limited announced that it will now harness Solar Power to meet its energy needs. The Company recently laid the foundation stone for a 5 MW Solar Power plant at the Gurugram facility. The captive Solar Power plant is expected to be commissioned in FY 2019-20. The Company will invest around Rs 240 million and will offset CO2 emissions to the tune of over 5390 tonnes annually, for the next 25 years. This is the second grid based Solar Power plant for Maruti Suzuki. The 1st Solar Power plant was set up in 2014 at Manesar, with 1 MW capacity. In 2018, this solar power plant was further expanded to 1.3 MW.

The power generated from the solar power plant will be synchronised with the captive power plant to cater to the internal energy needs of the Gurugram facility. As a unique feature, the photovoltaic solar panels of this carport style solar power plant will work as a roof at the new car parking area. While the solar panels generate clean energy, the cars parked underneath will be safe from strong climatic conditions.

Kenichi Ayukawa, MD & CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, said, “Solar energy is abundant, versatile and efficient. This Solar Power initiative is in line with the Company’s philosophy to adopt environment-friendly technologies and lower CO2 emissions. Through this solar power plant facility, we will harness renewable energy for our business needs over the next 25 years. Maruti Suzuki is committed to expand its environment care initiatives in products, in manufacturing processes and in business operations.”

The Company depends on cleaner and renewable sources of energy which form a major share (95%) of its total energy use. The energy requirement at the manufacturing facilities is met by Natural Gas-based captive power plant, supported by grid power. The new solar power plant will complement the power generating capability at the manufacturing plant.

 

at Enfrosun, We appreciate this move by Maruti, not only environmental benefits, its direct savings in electricity cost to company.