Delhi Commission Unveils Guidelines for Peer-to-Peer Energy Transactions

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The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has issued guidelines for prosumers and consumers to engage in secure peer-to-peer (P2P) electricity trading. The Delhi discoms had submitted a petition to establish the charges necessary to facilitate these transactions. The commission’s guidelines are designed for prosumers but do not apply to those involved in ground-mounted projects or consumers who opt to trade energy among themselves using an online platform provided by service providers or distribution licensees.

Those eligible to engage in P2P transactions include prosumers and consumers with sanctioned loads or contract demands of 200 kW or less, or equivalent kVA. The capacity of renewable energy systems installed or planned at the prosumer’s site cannot exceed 500 per cent of their sanctioned load. Participants can switch between virtual net metering, group net metering, and P2P energy transactions once per financial year. If applicable, individuals choosing P2P energy transactions must cancel their virtual net metering or group net metering connectivity agreements.

Prosumers and consumers are required to have a time-of-day compliant energy meter or smart meter installed at their premises. The metering procedure and associated charges for transactions will adhere to the DERC (Supply Code and Performance Standards) Regulations, 2017, and any subsequent amendments. Furthermore, the renewable energy system involved in P2P transactions will be exempt from wheeling, banking, cross-subsidy, and other charges until March 31, 2027, or as determined by the commission. If the consumer is not an obligated entity, the electricity generated under these guidelines will be counted towards the renewable purchase obligation compliance for the respective distribution licensee.

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