Electricity Rules Amended: Faster Connections, Rooftop Solar Simplified, EV Charging Options

New Delhi : In a move aimed at bolstering consumer rights and simplifying electricity access, the Indian government has approved amendments to the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020. Union Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R. K. Singh announced the changes, highlighting their focus on speed, transparency, and empowerment.

Key Highlights:

  • Faster Connections: New connections now take 3 days in metros, 7 days in municipalities, and 15 days in rural areas (except hilly terrain).
  • Rooftop Solar Made Easier: Exemption from feasibility studies for systems up to 10 kW, quicker approval process, and cost-sharing for grid strengthening.
  • Separate EV Charging Connections: Consumers can now obtain dedicated connections for electric vehicles, supporting India’s clean energy goals.
  • Choice & Transparency in Flats: Residents can choose individual connections or single-point connection with separate billing for common areas and backup power.
  • Verified Consumption: Distribution companies must install additional meters for consumer complaints, ensuring accurate billing.

Benefits for Consumers:

  • Reduced waiting times for new connections.
  • Simpler and faster installation of rooftop solar systems.
  • Dedicated charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
  • Increased choice and transparency in billing for multi-unit dwellings.
  • Enhanced trust and confidence through verified consumption.

Minister Singh stated: “These amendments further empower consumers and demonstrate our commitment to their interests. We are focused on making access to electricity easier, faster, and more transparent.”