The Union cabinet is expected to take up for approval the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament in the next few days, news agency reported. The Bill, once passed, will allow consumers to choose from multiple service providers and change one as per their convenience on the lines of mobile connections, government officials familiar with the development told the news agency.
The Centre has listed this bill as one of the new 17 bills that they plan to introduce during the Monsoon session, scheduled to end on August 13. The proposed amendments in the electricity Act include the de-licensing of the power distribution business, and introduction of competition, appointment of a member from legal background in every commission, strengthening of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL), and penalty for non-compliance of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), the bulletin mentioned, according to the report. The RPO is a tool using which the power distribution utilities or distribution companies are obligated to buy a certain percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources – as a percentage of the total consumption of electricity. Last month, power and renewable energy minister RK Singh said that the de-licensing of power distribution was proposed “just like the generation.”
The proposal to seek the cabinet nod for the bill was circulated in January this year, and the draft law was to be pushed for passage in the Budget session.
News Source : ZEE NEWS