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Electricity Governance Indicator Toolkit Application Project - India Turning Promise into Practice. The Electricity Governance Initiative Building on Pilot Assessments EGI Forum, Bangkok, Thailand March 30-31, 2006. EGI Team. Citizen, Consumer & Civic Action Group

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Electricity governance indicator toolkit application project india turning promise into practice

Electricity Governance Indicator Toolkit Application Project - IndiaTurning Promise into Practice

The Electricity Governance Initiative

Building on Pilot Assessments

EGI Forum, Bangkok, Thailand

March 30-31, 2006


Egi team

EGI Team

  • Citizen, Consumer & Civic Action Group

  • Centre for Environmental Concerns

  • Praja

  • Centre for Policy Research


The indian context

The Indian Context

  • 25 Years of Reforms

  • 1992 – IPP Phase

  • 1996 - Distribution Reforms

  • 2003 – Electricity Act 2003

    • Open access, regulation, delicensing of generation, cross-subsidies

  • National Electricity Policy

  • National Tariff Policy

  • Rural Electrification Policy


Challenges 1

Challenges -1

  • Conflict of Interest

  • Parliamentarians

  • Ministry of Power

  • Regulators

  • Consultants


Challenges 2

Challenges -2

  • Selection Process of Regulators

  • Entirely non-transparent

  • Vague Criteria

  • Whimsical


Challenges 3

Challenges - 3

  • Mainstreaming the Environment

  • Disconnect Between Power and Environment Ministries

  • Emphasis Limited to Energy Efficiency

  • No Integrated Resource Planning

  • New Law Does Not Address Environment


Challenges 4

Challenges - 4

  • Absence of Impact Assessment of Policies

  • Impact of IPP Policies on Utility Viability

  • Job Losses

  • Open Access & Its Impact on the Utility

  • Impact of Tariff Policy on the Consumer

  • Impact of Sector Planning on the Environment


Challenges 5

Challenges - 5

  • Capacity of Stakeholders

  • Parliamentarians

  • Executive – CEA is only Advisory

  • Regulators

  • Civil Society

  • Consultants


Good practices 1

Good Practices -1

  • Good Regulatory Hardware

  • Reform Act & Electricity Act 2003

  • Sufficient Authority, Autonomy, Remit & Independence

  • Clear Channels of Authority

  • Continuity Through Overlapping Tenures


Good practices 2

Good Practices - 2

  • Good Regulatory Procedures

  • Well-defined Consultative Procedures – CAC

  • Well-defined Tariff Setting Procedures

  • Open Public Hearings

  • Predictability & Stability


Good practices 3

Good Practices - 3

  • Greater (But Not Enough) Transparency in Policy Making Processes

  • Draft Policies on Websites

  • Seminars and Workshops to Debate Policies

  • Consultation with Stakeholders

  • Soliciting Feedback From the Public


Good practices 4

Good Practices - 4

  • Greater Transparency in Information Available to the Public

  • ARRs

  • Draft Policies

  • Conduct of Business Rules

  • Predictability in Procedures

  • Tariff Philosophy Papers

  • Transparency in ATC Losses


Good practices 5

Good Practices - 5

  • Consumers Moving Centre-Stage

  • Greater Attention to Quality of Service

  • Complaint Redressal Mechanisms by Utilities

  • Complaint Redressal Mechanisms

  • Ombudsman, Appellate Authority, Courts

  • APDRP Seeks to Address T&D Losses


Policy action points

Policy – Action Points

  • Introduce Mandatory Provisions for

  • Clarity in Jurisdictions of Institutions

  • Clarity in Procedures & Timelines to be Adopted

  • Public Access to Background Data & Expert Inputs

  • Proactive Dissemination of Draft Policies for Eliciting Public Inputs

  • Greater Transparency in the Role of Consultants


Regulation action points

Regulation – Action Points

  • Build Civil Society Capacity

  • Financial, Analytical, Technical, Economic, Legal

  • Build Training & Capacity Building Mechanisms for – Regulators & Their Staff

  • Operationalise Transparency Mechanisms


Esa action points

ESA – Action Points

  • Integrate ESA in Sector Reform

  • Internalise ESA in the Mandate of Electricity Institutions

  • Expand Regulatory Mandate to Factor in Trade-offs

  • Build Capacity to Address ESA

  • Monitor Job Impact of Power Reforms

  • Strengthen EIA Laws & Procedures

  • Protect Rights of Project-affected Peoples


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