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India Launches NOAR Platform to Facilitate Open Access in Power Sector

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India launches NOAR platform to facilitate open access in power sector

The Government of India has launched the National Open Access Registry (NOAR) website, a move closer to promoting open access in the power sector. On May 1, 2022, the platform started operations successfully.

  • NOAR is an integrated single-window electronic platform for the electronic processing of short-term open access applications, that is accessible to all power sector stakeholders, including open access customers (both sellers and buyers), power traders, power exchanges, and National/Regional/State Load Despatch Centres (LDCs).
  • National Open Access Registry (NOAR):

i.NOAR is a part of the Ministry of Power, Government of India’s initiative, and the necessary legal framework has been notified by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) through the 5th Amendment to the CERC (Open Access in Interstate Transmission) Regulations, 2008.

ii.National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) operated by Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO), has been designated as the nodal agency for the implementation and operation of NOAR.

About National Open Access Registry (NOAR):

i.NOAR is a centralized online platform in India that manages short-term open access to the interstate transmission system.To achieve a faster transaction turnaround time, the platform supports workflow automation. 

ii.The NOAR platform also includes a payment gateway for making payments related to interstate short-term open access transactions. 

  • The NOAR platform facilitates open access to information and transparency among stakeholders.

iii. It has Key Features such as:

  • Centralized System: Single point electronic platform for all the stakeholders.
  • Automated Process: Automated administration process of short-term open access.
  • Common Interface: Interface with the Regional Load Despatch Centres (RLDCs) scheduling applications and Power Exchanges.
  • Payment Gateway: Make payments related to Short Term Open Access (STOA) transactions.

Role Of NOAR Platform in Ensuring Open Access to Power

i.The NOAR platform will store information about short-term open access in interstate transmission, such as standing clearance issued by RLDCs or State Load Despatch Centres (SLDCs) and short-term open access (STOA) granted to open access customers, and make it available to stakeholders online.

ii. NOAR will allow open access consumers to participate in the market effectively, with better and faster access to the short-term electricity market, which accounts for around 10% of total demand in India.

About Ministry of Power:

Union Minister – Raj Kumar Singh (Arrah Constituency, Bihar)
Minister of State (MoS) – Krishan Pal (Faridabad Constituency, Haryana)
Autonomous Bodies under Ministry of Power – Central Power Research Institute (CPRI); National Power Training Institute (NPTI)