The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued the draft Procedure for Grant of Connectivity to projects based on Renewable Sources to Interstate Transmission System. The procedure is in accordance with the Grant of Connectivity, Long-term Access and Medium-term Open Access in Interstate Transmission and Related Matters Regulations, 2009. In a separate development, the CERC has issued a staff paper on the revised methodology for application of the escalation rates for payment. The commission notifies various escalation rates including the escalation rate for domestic coal every six months for the purpose of bid evaluation and payment, in line with the Ministry of Power’s guidelines. The commission has proposed a new method for changing the period of application of the escalation rate to address the lag in the application. The commission has invited stakeholders’ views and suggestions on the staff paper which is due by May 10, 2018.