New Delhi, India --- (METERING.COM) --- May 26, 2009 - India’s power regulator, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has amended the inter-state power transmission rules, widening open access and relaxing the control of the monitoring agencies to ensure the smooth flow of power from one state to another.

The move is likely to benefit high power consuming states, such as Maharashtra.

Under the amendments, when requested to give concurrence to an inter-state open access proposal, if the state load dispatch center (SLDC) does not respond within the specified time of seven working days on the first occasion and three days on subsequent occasions, its concurrence will be deemed to have been given.

The SLDCs are the state-run agencies responsible for monitoring generation, transmission and distribution of power in a particular state.

Also the SLDCs will be able to check only two parameters, the availability of transmission capacity and the availability of metering infrastructure, and may not refuse open access based on any other ground.

“These amendments have been carried out with the objective of streamlining and rationalizing the processes involved in obtaining open access, keeping in view the importance of open access in carrying forward reforms in the power sector,” the CERC said in a statement.

The SLDCs have been known to deny open access to power to transmission utilities of other states under the influence of their own incumbent state distribution utilities.

Under the amended regulations open access customer can request a change in schedule with two days notice, instead of the previous five day notice period. The SLDCs are also required to display on their websites the information regarding applications pending for decisions, the reasons for refusal of open access in cases where it has been refused, the applicable transmission losses and other related information.