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Electricity Sector in IndiaPolicy and Regulation$
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Alok Kumar and Sushanta Chatterjee

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082279.001.0001

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Generation for Peak Demand

Generation for Peak Demand

(p.144) 9 Generation for Peak Demand
Electricity Sector in India

Alok Kumar

Sushanta K. Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

Capacities for meeting peak demand for power are the need of the hour. This chapter outlines perspectives from the supply side as well as the demand side for peaking power and also explains the pre-requisites for making investments in peaking power plants feasible. The Electricity Act, 2003 and the Tariff Policy have provisions for differential tariff based on total consumption for a specific period and introduction of differential rates for fixed charges for peak and off-peak generation for better management of load. The chapter presents the current scenario in this respect and also the regulatory response so far. The chapter analyses the various issues which are seen as a constraint to the development of peaking power capacity in the country. Required policy and regulatory interventions have been suggested to encourage setting up of peaking power plants which are urgently required for the power sector in India.

Keywords:   India, power sector, peaking power plant, Electricity Act, Tariff Policy, regulation, off-peak generation

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