Awaiting Action: Exploring the Stalled Implementation of Uniform Renewable Energy Tariffs

Posted On - 20 January, 2024 • By - King Stubb & Kasiva


In a recent development, the Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy and Power[1], Shri R. K. Singh, provided crucial information regarding the Uniform Renewable Energy Tariff (URET) in a written reply to a question posed in the Rajya Sabha on December 12, 2023. The Minister disclosed that while the procedure for the implementation of URET was officially issued by the Ministry of Power on October 25, 2023[2], the actual initiation of URET has not yet taken place. As a result, the government has refrained from conducting any assessment regarding the potential impact on cost escalation that may arise from the implementation of this uniform tariff.

About URET:

The initiation of a Uniform Renewable Energy Tariff signifies a strategic move towards establishing a standardized pricing structure for renewable energy within a designated region or jurisdiction. By introducing a uniform tariff system, the aim is to create a more cohesive and predictable pricing mechanism for diverse renewable energy sources. This approach seeks to simplify the complexities associated with pricing, fostering consistency that benefits renewable energy producers, consumers, and investors alike. Furthermore, a standardized tariff structure not only enhances transparency but also provides a stable economic framework for renewable energy projects. This predictability is crucial for encouraging increased investment in the renewable energy sector, as it mitigates uncertainties related to pricing fluctuations. Ultimately, the implementation of URET reflects a commitment to promoting renewable energy adoption by creating an environment conducive to sustained growth and development in the renewable energy landscape.

The pivotal step towards fostering a sustainable and unified energy landscape was taken with the notification of the Electricity (Amendment) Rules 2022[3], marking a significant milestone in the implementation of URET. Enacted on December 29, 2022, these rules were strategically designed to bring about a paradigm shift in the pricing dynamics of renewable energy within central pools. By streamlining the pricing structures across diverse categories, the rules aimed to create a cohesive framework that ensures fairness and consistency in the renewable energy market. The intermediary procurer, acting as a crucial link in this energy ecosystem, plays a pivotal role in selling power derived from these central pools to end procurers.

The Ministry of Power issued an order dated March 17, 2023[4] which designated Grid-India as the Implementing Agency entrusted with the crucial responsibility of executing the URET framework, aligning with the provisions laid out in the Electricity (Amendment) Rules 2022. This move is poised to streamline the pricing structures of renewable energy within central pools, fostering efficiency, transparency, and sustainability in the national energy landscape.

About the Framework:

Under this framework, an intermediary procurer, operating as a trader, is entrusted with the responsibility of acquiring renewable energy power from RE Power Generators through tariff-based competitive bidding (TBCB) guidelines. The intermediary procurer subsequently sells this acquired power to one or more distribution licensees, who, in turn, supply the electricity to consumers within their designated areas of jurisdiction, all while adhering to their public service obligations. Notably, the intermediary procurer does not bear direct public service obligations. The tariff at which power is procured by distribution licensees for supply to consumers is determined through a competitive bidding process and is then adopted by the respective electricity regulatory commission under Section 63 of the Electricity Act, 2003[5].


The recent development emphasising effective implementation underscores the need to execute URET expeditiously. The government’s commitment to fostering renewable energy adoption will only be fruitful with efficient execution of URET which would further lead to maintaining transparency and competitive pricing in the sector. Moreover, it would also contribute to a more efficient and transparent renewable energy market, advancing sustainable practices and driving the nation towards a greener and more resilient energy future.