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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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