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India Loosens Rules to Promote Switch to Clean Energy

  • Commercial and industrial users to pay fewer surcharges
  • New rules to allow timely approval for clean power access

India has eased rules to allow commercial and industrial consumers to switch to green sources of electricity, as the nation seeks to decarbonize its fossil fuels-driven economy.

Users seeking “open access” to a clean energy source --without being tied to the local distributor -- will have fewer surcharges to pay, and the approval process will be quicker, the power ministry said in a statement. The threshold for such transactions is being reduced to 100 kilowatts, from 1 megawatt previously, to allow smaller consumers benefit.