The Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change has released new draft Environment (Utilisation of Crop residue by TPP) Rules, 2023. These rules shall apply to the National Capital Region and the Adjoining Areas as defined respectively in clauses (f) and (a) of sub-section (1) of section 2 of the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Act, 2021.
Utilization of crop residue
All coal-based thermal power plants of power generation utilities shall mandatorily use a minimum five percent blend of pellets or briquettes made of crop residue along with coal.
For non-utilization of crop residue as provided in rule 2, the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas, constituted under the Commission for Air Quality Management of National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Act, 2021 (29 of 2021), or any officer authorized by that Commission, shall impose and collect the environmental compensation from such thermal power plants on annual basis at the rates specified in the table given in this rules.
Application of these rules in certain cases
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission or the State Regulatory Commissions, as the case may be, shall determine tariff under the Electricity Act, 2003 (36 of 2003) after taking into consideration the provisions of rule 2.
Power to grant relaxation
The Commission for Air Quality Management may, on case to case basis, grant relaxation to thermal power plants, in consultation with the Central Electricity Authority and the Central Pollution Control Board, for addressing any difficulty arising out of circumstances beyond the control of such thermal power plants in its compliance of the provisions of rule 2 and 3 above.
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