The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has notified the draft Central Electricity Authority (Flexible operation of thermal power plants) Regulations, 2022.
The regulations will apply to all coal and lignite based thermal power plants (TPPs) and load despatch centers (LDCs). As per the draft, all TPPs will be capable of providing the required output as per the schedule for generation finalised by appropriate LDCs. Based on the availability of must run stations, plants or units will follow the variable load requirements. The appropriate LDCs will schedule all coal based TPPs, upto the minimum power levels (MPL) of 55 per cent, to support the operation of must run stations. The appropriate LDCs may schedule all coal based TPPs, upto the MPL of 40 per cent, to support the operation of must run stations. The minimum rate of loading or unloading for coal based TPPs will be 3 per cent per minute above the MPL, provided that for supercritical and ultra-super-critical units, minimum rate of loading or unloading will be 5 per cent per minute above the MPL. The comments have been sought on the draft by August 26, 2022.