Nodal agency: Ministry of Power

Policy brief

Ministry of Power has notified rules for procurement of renewable power from DISCOMs and through open access.

Key highlights


Consumers with sanctioned load of over 100 kW across multiple business units

Procurement sources

Consumers may set up captive projects with no size limit, they may procure power at green tariffs from DISCOMs or procure green hydrogen.

Open access approval

All applications must be approved within 15 days.

Consumers would submit applications to POSOCO (NLDC) which would transfer it to respective state nodal agency. 

Power procurement must remain constant for a minimum number of time blocks to be notified by state regulators. 

Renewable power open access applications would be given preference over non-renewable open access applications.


Banking cycle and charges to be determined by state regulators subject to minimum cycle duration of one month 

REC issuance for unused banked energy

Green tariff

Tariff should not exceed sum of average cost of renewable power, CSS and a reasonable margin. 


CSS may be increased only up to 50% over 12 years after commissioning of project.

100% AS exemption if demand charges are paid for 100% of contacted load

100% AS and CSS exemption for non-fossil fuel based waste to energy projects commissioned by 31 December 2025

100% AS exemption for offshore wind projects commissioned by 31 December 2032

Standby charges limited to 25% of retail tariff; 100% exemption subject to 24 hour prior notice for requirement of standby arrangement


States would determine open access charges using a common methodology.