Key Messages

The Indian power sector is going through a major transformation owing to extensive generation from sustainable energy sources such as solar and wind and the introduction of newer market mechanisms such as real-time market, which provide the opportunity to trade power within half-hour windows. However, there are challenges that hinder the evolution of the sector into a sustainable model. These include the poor financial health of electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs), slow momentum in attaining renewable energy targets, and the desynchronized functioning of various stakeholders. To resolve these, the Ministry of Power introduced the draft Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (the Electricity Act, 2003). Let’s revisit some of the key amendments proposed in the Bill.

Will the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill revitalise the power sector?