The Union Cabinet is likely to approve the new power tariff policy next week that is aimed at boosting regulatory mechanism for discoms and encouraging faster roll out of investments in the sector with focus on renewable energy, sources said.”Union Cabinet will consider and approve the proposed electricity tariff policy by the Power Ministry in its meeting to be held next week,” said a source.The central government had approved in 2006 the Tariff Policy under the provisions of Electricity Act, 2003. The Power Ministry is now in the process of getting approval from the Cabinet for a new electricity tariff policy.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal had earlier said that “the policy will reflect a concern to environment and encourage renewable energy. It will encourage faster roll out of investment in the sector”.Besides, it will strengthen the regulatory mechanism so that discoms become more efficient and conscious towards their duties to consumers, he had said.”It will also help India’s energy security by planning in advance for the requirements for tomorrow. Several unique aspects which have not been touched in the past are being brought out in this policy,” he had added
The minister had indicated that the new tariff policy will give a big push to electricity generated from renewable energy sources and address concerns related to the environment.”It (policy) will allow distribution companies to buy any amount of power produced from the waste. The power plants will have to use processed municipal waste water available in their vicinity (in 100 km radius),” Goyal had said.The proposed tariff policy is aims to provide incentives to renewable energy projects as well as efficient use of resources by power generation plants based on conventional sources of energy like coal-based thermal projects.