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The Electricity Act

Alok Kumar and Sushanta K. Chatterjee

in Electricity Sector in India

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198082279
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082063 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082279.003.0001
The Electricity Act

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This chapter deals with the evolution and key features of the Electricity Act, 2003. It also covers the two sets of amendments to the Act. The perspective that has gone into the making of the Act and various policies has been explained, while at the same time delving into the circumstances that have led to contemplation over and enactment of amendments to the Act. The Electricity Act, 2003, has repealed the three earlier Acts, namely, The Indian Electricity Act, 1910, The Electricity (Supply) Act, 1948, and the Electricity Regulatory Commissions Act, 1998. This chapter traces the legal and policy changes over the decades and explains how the new law brings about a paradigm shift in the electricity sector in India. It also draws on some important pronouncements of the Supreme Court that are considered critical to understanding the import of various provisions of the new law.

Keywords: Electricity Act 2003; Indian Electricity Act 1910; Electricity (Supply) Act 1948; Electricity Regulatory Commissions Act 1998; electricity sector; electricity reforms; electricity policy

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Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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