Introduction to Law on Electricity

By Prof. Uday Shankar   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 684
The overarching reform in the Electricity sector culminated into the enactment of a new law in the year 2003. After repealing related laws, the Electricity Act, 2003 ushered a new era of reform in the sector by opening up the market for the private players and creating an autonomous regulatory body which has been entrusted with the responsibility to promote the sector and bring in efficiency by furthering the interest of the consumer. It has also established a specialized tribunal to adjudicate the disputes related to the electricity sector. The law introduced multi-buyer model in place of single-buyer model to increase competitiveness amongst the stakeholders. Beside the discussion on the above mentioned areas, the course will highlight the issues of renewables and related provisions in the law.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  Students of Law; Electrical Engineering, Energy Science
INDUSTRY SUPPORT :  Industries related to Power Sector
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Law
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Introduction of the Electricity Law; Constitutional Design; Brief Description of Pre-2003 Act and Post - 2003 Act 
Week 2 : Energy Security and Energy Mix and the Role of the Electricity Act; Relevance of National Electricity and Tariff Policies. 
Week 3 : De-licensing of Generation and Captive Power Plant 
Week 4 : Transmission and Load Dispatch Centre  
Week 5 : Open Access and Tariff  
Week 6 : Trading of Electricity and Trading Market 
Week 7 : Distribution and Universal Service Obligation  
Week 8 : Interest of Consumer and Redressal of the Grievances;
Week 9    : Renewable Energy and 2003 Act including Renewable Purchase Obligations; Net and Gross Metering. 

Books and references

  • Mohammad Naseem, Energy Laws in India, Kluwer Law International, 3rd Edn, The Netherlands, 2017. 
  • Alok Kumar & Sushanta K Chaterjee, Electricity Sector in India: Policy and Regulation, OUP, 2012. 
  • Nausir Bharucha, Guide to the Electricity Laws, LexisNexis, 2018. 
  • Benjamin K Sovacool & Michael H Dowrkin, Global Energy Justice: Problems, Principles and Practices, Cambridge Univesity Press, 2014.

Instructor bio

Prof. Uday Shankar

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Uday Shankar is Associate Professor at Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has been teaching and researching in law for more than 16 years. He has served as guest professor under Magdalene Schoch Fellowship awarded by the Faculty of Law, University of Hamburg in the year 2016 and recipient of the prestigious fellowship from the Max-Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg in the year 2008. He has participated in Law Teaching and Legal Research Programme at Cardiff University, UK. He is a Member of International Association of Constitutional Law. He is a Life Member of Indian Law Institute, Delhi. He is also Member of the International Society of Public Law. He has carried out research projects on the area of Public Law, Energy Law and Transport Law for different government agencies and international organisations. He has completed his Graduation, Post-Graduation and Doctoral Degree in Law from Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. His academic writings are published in journals and books. He sits on the editorial boards of journals published by the National Law Universities/Law Colleges. He has successfully completed Global Initiatives of Academic Networks (GIAN) course on Law and Policy on Renewable Energy. He Has also contributed in drafting Solar Policy for the State of Tripura.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

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