Net metering rolled out in Delhi

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Following the introduction of net metering guidelines by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) last September, both BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) and BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) have been "agressively promoting" the billing mechanism to its customers.

Their efforts have seen over 50 applications for net metering come in totaling 2.4 MW. To date, they have approved six projects worth 86 kW, including four residential applications and one commercial in South and South West Delhi, and a school in East Delhi.

"We have started organizing Power Conclaves to educate large customers about the Net Metering policy and its beneficial impact on their electricity bill," said a BSES spokesperson.

They added, "Apart from the Power Conclaves, BSES has also started conducting various consumer interactive meets to educate consumers about the various aspects of Net Metering (of Renewable Energy). BSES will also actively serve as a bridge between the consumers and the suppliers of renewal energy equipment."

While BSES is confident about the benefits of net metering, some utilities in the U.S. are not so enthusiastic. According to the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), net metering, which is applied to 99% of all U.S. solar installations, has divided many, with complaints that it "a subsidy for customers with solar generators by those without." The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) argues, however, that such policies "create a smoother demand curve for electricity and allow utilities to better manage their peak electricity loads."