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Central Electricity Authority (Measures Relating To Safety and Electric Supply) Regulations, 2023

Central Electricity Authority (Measures Relating To Safety and Electric Supply) Regulations, 2023

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) announced the CEA (Measures related to Safety and Electric Supply) Regulations, 2023.It states that No electrical installation work, including additions,alterations, repairs and adjustments to existing installations.

Introduction

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) announced the CEA (Measures related to Safety and Electric Supply) Regulations, 2023, which will come into effect from 15th June 2023. These standards define the general safety criteria for the building, installation, protection, operation, and maintenance of electric supply lines and apparatus. These laws and regulations define the requirements for the usage and supply of electricity. It establishes the safety measures for electrical installations and voltage equipment used above and below 650 V, overhead lines and subterranean cables, electric car charging stations, renewable producing stations, high voltage direct current, and others.

Applicability

These regulations are to be applied to electrical installations, which encompass electrical plants, electric lines, and individuals or entities involved in activities such as electricity generation, transmission, distribution, trading, supply, or consumption.

Highlights of the Regulations

  • The electrical installation, which includes the electrical plant and the electric line, as well as any individual involved in the production, transmission, supply, or usage of electricity, are subject to these laws and regulations.
  • Additionally, it states that anyone who enters into a contract with a supplier or consumer, as well as anyone who owns or manages an electrical installation, an oil field, a mine, a drilled well, or a company that operates in an oil field, must fulfil all obligations related to the production, transformation, conversion, distribution, or use of electricity.
  • It says that the designated person's name and the function for which they are assigned must be included in a record that is kept by the supplier, customer, owner, or agent. This record can be kept in paper or electronic form.
  • It further explains that all electricity suppliers, including those in charge of electricity generation, transmission, and distribution, must appoint an electrical safety officer to ensure that safety precautions are taken as required by their organization's rules for the development, use, and maintenance of an electrical system that includes all generating stations, transmission lines, substation distribution systems, and supply lines.
  • A licence must be accompanied by two sets of maps that clearly show the specifics for which it was given, according to the law. It coincides with the date on which a licence was notified to the relevant Commission by an officer thus appointed.
  • A licence holder must also have a copy of the licence, as well as any supporting maps showing the supply area, in their possession within thirty days of receiving the licence. This requirement applies to both physical and digital copies of the licence. In the specified supply area, they must make this information accessible to the general public at their main office, local branches, and other pertinent local government offices, providing for reasonable access and inspection.
  • The clause specifies that no electrical work, excluding the replacement of equipment like lamps, fans, fuses, and switches, as well as home appliances with a voltage not exceeding 250V and without any changes to their capability or appearance, shall be performed on the premises. Consumers, suppliers, and owners are all subject to this, with the exception of licenced electrical contractors working for the State Government and under the close supervision of a person with a certificate of competency. A person must also follow this criterion if they have a permission that has been approved by the State.

Conclusion

The Central Electricity Authority's presentation of the CEA (Measures Relating to Safety and Electric Supply) Regulations, 2023 is an important step in ensuring the safe and dependable operation of electrical systems. These standards cover every area of safety in the building and maintenance of electrical supply cables and equipment. The regulations ensure a thorough safety framework for the full range of electrical activities by defining strict requirements for electrical installations and voltage apparatus, whether operating above or below 650V, for a variety of contexts including renewable generating stations, electric vehicle charging stations, and high voltage direct current systems.

Following these regulations will help the organizations be compliant to avoid heavy penalties under the Electricity Act, 2003.

 

 

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