MERC relaxes RPO compliance for BEST

MERC had notified the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (Renewable Purchase Obligation, its Compliance and Implementation of Renewable Energy Certificate Framework) Regulations, 2010 (‘RPO-REC Regulations’) on 7 June, 2010. As per this regulation, following are the RPO targets for all obligated entities;

Non-Solar*:  The regulation also states that, all obligated entities shall on mandatory basis, purchase from Mini Hydro or Micro Hydro power projects, to the tune of 0.1 % of Non-Solar RPO from FY 2010-11 to FY 2012-13 and 0.2% from FY 2013-14 to FY 2015-16.

BEST has fulfilled its Non-Solar (including Mini Hydro or Micro Hydro) RPO compliance cumulatively till FY 2013-14 showing a small surplus, however it has a huge shortfall of close to 59.46% in meeting its Solar RPO target cumulatively till FY 2013-14.

The commission has appreciated the suggestion of PXIL for quarterly fulfillment of RPO, but has gone ahead in stating that it is currently considering shortfalls on merit basis by allowing fulfillment on cumulative basis by the end of FY.

Earlier in Case No.181 of 2013, the commission had given BEST a relaxation by not imposing Regulatory Charges on BEST for their Solar RPO shortfall during FY 2010-11 to FY 2012-13 and had relaxed/waived Solar RPO targets for FY 2010-11 and FY 2011-12. Similarly, they have decided that Regulatory Charges shall not apply on BEST for FY 2013-14, and that all cumulative shortfalls should be fulfilled by 2015-16, i.e. by 31st March 2016.

Considering 4900 MUs to be the average consumption for BEST, for FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16, the cumulative Solar RPO target for FY 2014-15 & FY 2015-16, including the cumulative shortfall of 36.08 MUs till FY 2013-14, should stand somewhere around 85 MUs.

For more details on the order click here.

MPERC Retail Tariff for FY 15-16

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) through an order dated 17th April 2015 has finalized the retail tariff for the state for FY 15-16.

The tariff defined by the commission are given below:

The tariff given by the commission for industrial consumer did not see any change between the tariff of FY 13-14 & FY 14-15. This year the commission has increased the tariff The graph below shows the change between the tariff of FY 14-15 & The tariff of FY 15-16:

Wheeling Charges: The wheeling charges for voltage level up to 33kV will be Rs. 0.23 per unit.

Cross Subsidy Surcharge: The cross subsidy surcharge for FY 15-16 has been worked out at Rs 1.82 per unit.

Transmission losses: The EHT transmission loss is set at 5.32% and for 33 kV (only 33 kV system) @ 5.83%.

Transmission Charges: The transmission charges for FY 15-16 will be Rs. 0.50 Per unit.

The commission has also mentioned that the wheeling and cross subsidy surcharge will not be applicable for consumer availing open access from all RE sources.

The commission order can be accessed here.

APERC New Cross Subsidy Surcharge Applicable for All OA consumers In AP

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has come with an order stating that, the Cross Subsidy Surcharge will be levied on the consumers who opt for Open Access for the Financial Year 2015-16.

The Table below summarizes the new cross subsidy surcharge applicable during FY15-16:

As per previous years there was no CSS charges applicable in the state of Andhra Pradesh. This is a considerable setback for the consumers who are availing OA and purchasing power from exchanges. The Average charges through exchange is close to Rs 4.60 for the OA consumers. With implementing CSS it would be close to Rs 6.60 to 9.20 depending on consumer category for Industrial and Commercial, which is very high compared to DISCOM Tariff.

With the current scenario we can rule out OA in  Andhra Pradesh through exchanges. The only option of purchasing power through open access is 3rdparty power through Solar, as the CSS is waved off for Solar generators under Solar policy of the state. But CSS is applicable for purchasing power through other renewable source.

As Andhra Pradesh being a power surplus  state, this would be great revenue for the DISCOMs as all the consumers have to buy the power through DISCOM and option of availing power though exchange is completely ruled out. With this Excess consumption of units and revenue, the DISOCM may recover the losses from previous years.

The order can be accessed here.

Contributed by Vignesh Kumar Adiraju

MPERC Finalizes APPC for FY 15-16

The Madhya Pradesh Electricity regulatory Commission (MPERC) has determined the Average pooled power purchase cost (APPC). The new APPC rates will be during financial year 15-16. The definition of the APPC followed by the MPERC -

for the purpose of these regulations ‘Pooled Cost of Purchase’ means the weighted average pooled price at which the distribution licensee has purchased the electricity including cost of self generation, if any, in the previous year from all the energy suppliers long-term and short-term, but excluding those based on renewable energy sources, as the case may be.”

the definition excludes only renewable energy for APPC rate calculation, which is same as followed by CERC.

Accordingly the APPC rates determined for FY 15-16 is Rs. 2.79 per unit, the APPC for FY 14-15 was Rs. 2.66 per unit. The graph below shows the APPC rates for previous years and the change in percentage year-wise.

As it is visible from the Graph that the commission has increased the APPC almost same as previous year, i.e. close to 5% increase for two consecutive years.

The MPERC Order can be accessed here.

MAKING THE MOST OF MENTORS: GUIDE FOR MENTEES

Effective mentoring is arguably one of the most crucial determinants of success for a startup. We connected with Vishal Pandya from ReConnect and conversed with him on the role of mentors and how they’ve helped to shape REConnect. Vishal, an electrical engineer by profession & an alumnus of IIT Bombay has his passion rooted deep in the power market and promotion of renewable energy.

More on the article can be read here.

BERC (Bihar) Draft Solar Rooftop (Net Metering) Regulation 2015

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has recently notified the draft Net Metering Regulation for Grid Interactive Solar Rooftop Systems. The regulation will allow electricity consumers of the state to generate solar energy on their roof’s, and to consume such generate energy for their internal use and to feed the remaining surplus solar energy into the distribution system.

The main features of the regulation are given in the points below:

  • The systems to be installed under the regulation shall be of min. 1kWp capacity and Max. 1Mwp cap. However the yearly target capacity of 10MW has been fixed in the area of the distribution licensee.
  •  The Discom shall offer the provision of Net Metering to the consumer who intends to install rooftop systems on first come first serve basis.
  •  A max. cumulative capacity at a particular distribution transformer shall not exceed 15% of the peak capacity of the distribution transformer.
  • The capacity of an individual rooftop PV system would be equal to the sanctioned load of the consumer.
  • The energy accounting and settlement will be done based on the reading of the bidirectional meters.
  • Any energy credits of a consumer from previous months will be carried to next billing period and will be set to zero after the settlement period.
  • The electricity generated from a solar rooftop systems shall not be more than 90% of the total energy consumption of any consumer in a settlement period. No payment shall be made by the distribution licensee, beyond this limit.
  • The quantum of energy consumed from the rooftop system will be considered towards the Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) of Distribution licensee if the consumer is not an obligated entity.
  • Such rooftop systems shall be exempted from payment of wheeling, banking and cross subsidy surcharge if under Open Access mode.
  • The eligibility for availing benefits of REC mechanism shall be as per CERC REC Regulation 2010.

The regulation can be accessed here.

KERC Revises APPC for FY 14-15 & Finalizes for FY 15-16

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) in its order dated 31.03.2015 has finalized the APPC applicable for FY 15-16 and has also revised the APPC applicable for FY 14-15.

Previously the commission in its notification dated 30.06.2014 set the APPC rate for FY 14-15 at Rs. 3.11 per unit, but now through revision, the commission has reduced that from 3.11 per unit to 3.06 per unit for FY 14-15.

The commission in its order said that as the ESCOM’s have finalized their accounts for FY13-14 and based on the same the APPC for FY 14-15 is to be Rs. 3.06 per unit. The order also said mentioned that the difference of 5 paisa per unit shall be recovered by the ESCOM’s from the RE generators in three equal installments.

The commission in the order has also finalized the APPC applicable for FY 15-16 at Rs. 3.06 per unit, this APPC might go through another revision once the ESCOM’s will finalize their accounts for FY 14-15. The graph below gives the APPC’s given by the KERC in its various orders.

The commission order can reached here.

BERC (Bihar) Finalizes Solar Tariff for FY 14-15

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) its order dated 09.04.2015  has finalized the new tariff for solar energy tariff. Previously the commission in its notification dated 30.09.2014, released a consultative paper asking for comments and suggestions from stake holders.

The tariff determined is applicable for FY 14-15 and for which PPA is signed by 31.03.2015 or until the issue of the next tariff order, and the project is commissioned up to 31.03.2016 or within one year from the signing of the PPA, while for solar thermal project the tariff will be applicable even if the project is commissioned up to  31.03.2017 or within two year from the signing of the PPA.

The details of the tariff’s determined are given in the table below:

A graph on year-wise tariff of the BERC is given below:

The Tariff’s calculated by BERC over the years, almost falls in line with the tariff’s defined by the CERC. Bihar as a state hasn’t seen much of the capacity addition in the solar energy sector. The state is having a total potential of more than 11GW for solar energy.

The BERC Solar Tariff order can be accessed here.

Telangana Finalizes Tariff for FY 15-16

The Telangana Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC)has notified its finalized tariff for the financial year 15-16. The new tariff will be applicable in the Telangana state.

Below are the graphs showing comparison between tariff determined for FY 15-16 & tariff of FY14-15, and graph on the % change in Tariff.

 Wheeling charges: The TSERC has also finalized the wheeling charges & wheeling losses which will be applicable for FY 15-16, are given in the tables below:

The tariff order notified by the commission does not include cross subsidy surcharge and other applicable charges.

The tariff order can be accessed here.

APERC Finalizes Tariff for FY 15-16

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has finalized the tariff for the electricity consumer of the state. The tariff will be applicable during FY 15-16.

The graph below gives comparison between the new tariff determined for FY 15-16 and the tariff of FY 14-15 and the % increase in tariff for different categories.

Wheeling charges: The tariff order did not include the wheeling charges and wheeling losses. Below is the wheeling charges and wheeling losses given by the commission in its multiyear tariff order (Order dated 09.04.2014) , which was given before the bifurcation of the state.

Wheeling loss: 

The order given by the commission has not given any clarity on the determination of cross subsidy surcharge and any other charges besides the above.

The tariff order can be accessed here.

 

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