HPERC Electricity Tariff for 2016-17

HPSEBL recently proposed a tariff increase of about 33% with the projected additional revenue requirement of Rs. 1556.70 Crores for 2016-17. The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission after hearing the stake holders accepted additional requirement of Rs. 154.48 Crores and the corresponding increase in tariff.

The table given below depicts the marginal increase in the tariff for domestic category:

The order can be accessed here.

GERC Determines Tariff for Procurement of Power from Wind Energy Projects

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has proposed an increase in tariff for procurement of wind power. The higher tariff is on account of a rise in capital costs of setting up a wind power project in Gujarat.

GERC has come out with a draft discussion paper on tariff fixation and has invited stake holders to file objections before June 10, 2016. According to the draft paper, the capital cost of setting up a wind power project in Gujarat increased from Rs 6.06 crore per MW to Rs 6.13 crore per MW.

The graph below gives a comparison of the wind tariff determined over the few years:

 

 

Cross Subsidy Charges, Transmission and Wheeling Charges:

1.      Cross Subsidy Charges:

According to the earlier orders, the commission had exempted third party sale of wind energy from the cross subsidy surcharge. Also  the cross-subsidy surcharge all open access transactions from wind power projects.

  • 25% of the cross subsidy surcharge as applicable to normal open access consumer shall be applicable.

2. Wheeling of power for Captive Use

a. In Case of wheeling of power to consumption site at 66 kV voltage level and above, normal open access charges and losses as applicable to normal open access consumer.

b.  In case the injection of power is at 66 kV or above and drawl is at 11 kV, normal transmission charges and losses are applicable; however 50% of wheeling charges and 50% of distribution losses of the energy fed into the grid as applicable to normal open access consumers.

 

3.Wheeling of power to more than one locations

Wind power projects owners , who decide to wheel electricity for captive use / third party sale , to more than one location, shall pay 5 Paisa/KWh on energy fed in the grid to the distribution company concerned in addition to transmission charges and losses, as applicable.

 

4. Energy Metering

  • Wind projects shall have to provide ABT compliant meters at the interface points
  • Metering shall be done at interconnection point of the generator bus-bar with the transmission or distribution system concerned. Pricing of Reactive Power
  • 10 paise/kVARh– For the drawl of reactive energy at 10% or less of the net energy exported.
  • 25 paise/kVARh– For the drawl of reactive energy at more than 10% of the net active energy exported

5.Banking of Surplus Wind Energy

As promotional measure, it is proposed to continue the banking facility for 1 billing cycle for the wind power captive projects wheeling electricity for own use.

  • For captive wind energy projects, the surplus energy after one month’s banking is considered for purchase by distribution licensee at 85% of the wind tariff.
  • For third party wind energy sale, the surplus energy after 15 minutes time block is considered for purchase by distribution licensee at the rate of 85% of the tariff declared by the Commission. The order can be accessed here.

CSERC Determination of Generic Tariff for Renewable Energy for FY 2015-16

The Chhattisgarh Electricity Regulatory Commission came up with its final order on the CSERC (Terms and Conditions for Determination of Renewable Energy (RE) Tariff) Regulations, 2015, (“the RE Tariff Regulations”) on 1st May, 2016. The RE Tariff Regulations specify the Terms and Conditions and the Procedure for determination of Generic Tariff by the Commission. Central Commission has specified capital cost as Rs.619.16 Lakh/MW for wind energy projects for the year 2015-16.The graph below gives a comparison of the RE tariff determined in year 2013-14, 2014-15 to 2015-16 for wind generators.

In the Draft Generic Tariff Order, the normative Capital Cost for the Solar PV power projects for was not declared by CERC and accordingly, the Commission proposed to consider the same Capital Cost of Rs. 605.85 lakh/MW for the Solar PV Projects and Rs. 1200 lakh/MW for Solar Thermal Projects to be commissioned in the period from 1 April, 2015 to 31 March, 2016.

The graph below gives comparison of Generic Tariffs for Solar Projects in the period from 2015– 2016 to the previous years. The tariff has been determined depending on the type of solar project as follows:

The Order can be accessed here.

KERC Determines tariffs and other norms for Solar Rooftop and Small Photovoltaic Power Plants

This Order is applicable to all new grid connected solar rooftop and small solar photo voltaic power plants, entering into Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and commissioned on or after 2nd May, 2016 and up to 31st March, 2018.

Sharing of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) benefits between the generating company and the beneficiaries

  • 100% of gross proceeds on account of CDM benefit are to be retained by the project developer in the first year, after the date of commercial operation of the generating station,
  • In the second year, the share of distribution licensees shall be 10%, which shall be progressively increased by 10% every year till it reaches 50% and thereafter, the proceeds shall be shared in equal proportion by the generating companies and the beneficiaries.

Grid Connectivity for roof-top projects

  • 1 kW to 5 kW – single phase 230 volts
  • 5 kW to 50 kW – 3 phase 415 Volts
  • 50 kW to 1 MW – 11 kV line.

Metering

  • Metering shall be in compliance with the CEA (Installation and Operation of Meters) Regulations 2006 as amended from time to time.
  • In the case of, solar rooftop PV systems connected to LT grid of a distribution company, the concept of net metering shall be adopted and the net energy pumped into the grid shall be billed.
  • In the net -metering, the consumer is paid for the net energy i.e., the difference between energy generated from solar rooftop plant and consumed by his/her installation.
  • This concept allows only surplus energy to be injected into the grid. The Commission had proposed to continue with net-metering concept for all consumers, other than domestic consumers.
  • In the case of domestic consumers, the Commission had proposed to adopt gross metering concept where the entire energy generated by the solar rooftop plant is allowed to be injected into the grid

Note – An amendment to CEA (Installation and Operation of Meters) Regulations 2006 has been issued recently, in which a new definition of “renewable energy meter” has been introduced to extend clarity to net-metering scheme.

  • If export>import, ESCOM pays generator at the tariff determined.
  • If import > export; then generators pays to DISCOM at prevailing retail tariff.

 

Applicability of Wheeling and Banking Charges and Cross Subsidy Surcharge:

For solar generators going with intra-state open-access, no wheeling/banking charges or cross- subsidy charges are to be paid.

The copy of the order can be accessed here.

Odisha Declares Open Access Charges for 2014-15

Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission (OERC) has determined the Open Access charges through a notification dated 11thApril 2016.

The new charges determined are applicable for FY 16-17 with effect from 11th April 2014. The details of the charges are in the table below:

 

 

The normative transmission loss at EHT (3.70%) and normative wheeling loss for HT level (8%) are applicable for the year 2016-17.

Additional Surcharge: No additional surcharge over and above the Cross-Subsidy Surcharge needs to be given to the embedded licensee.

No Cross-subsidy surcharge are payable by the consumers availing Renewable power.

20% wheeling charge is payable by the consumer drawing power from Renewable source excluding Co-generation & Bio mass power plant.

The order can be accessed here.

 

 

RERC determines Additional Surcharge for Open Access Consumers 2016-17

In the recent decision the Rajasthan High Court passed an order against RERC for the levy of Rs.1/kWh as Additional Surcharge on all Open Access Consumers.

On 12.05.2016 Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory commission passed an order for the levy of additional surcharge for all the Open Access consumers. This had negative Implication on any consumer willing to buy power from a third party in the state. The surcharge made all the Open Access transactions in the state highly unviable. Even the Green Power Transactions were not exempted from the surcharge.

In its verdict the High Court has “set aside” the verdict passed on 12.05.2016 and has provided directions to RERC to follow and obtain the desired information in a rightful and transparent manner.

The court has provided following direction to the State Regulatory Commission:

  • The RERC should make a public advertisement to notify the Objectors
  • The requisite advertisement to be made in two Vernacular and one English Newspaper
  • The advertisement will also notify the date of hearing within one week of the last date for collection of material as per advertisement.
  • RERC will hear the objectors and pass orders within ten days. The objectors will not be entitled to any adjournment.
  • The parties agree that the additional surcharge, if any, determined by RERC would be payable effective the date it was payable under the order dated 12.05.2016.
  • The current order has been occasioned only for reason of violation of principles of natural justice in passing the impugned order dated 12.05.2016 and is not reflective of the merits of the levy of additional surcharge or its quantu

The order can be accessed here.

 

 

REC Trade Result May 2016

May 2016 saw reduced traded volumes compared to last month and from May 2015. Generally early months of the compliance year see significantly reduced trading volumes. However, May 2015 saw high trading volume due to the Supreme Court order on RPO compliance.

Compared to last month, this month saw a reduction of demand by approximately 44.3% and 21.7%, for non-solar and solar respectively. The total transaction value stood at 31.5 Crores as compared to 113 Crores last month.

This month also saw significant rise in total REC issuance, which stood more than double of what it was last month. However, while solar issuance fell marginally, there was a steep rise in issuance of non-solar RECs. This also resulted in increased quantum of Sell bids at the exchanges.

Analysis of Trading:

Non Solar – Clearing ratio in exchange stood at 1.15% and 1.38% in IEX and PXIL respectively for Non Solar REC’s. A total of 161,858 RECs were traded as compared to 290,457 RECs traded in April.

Solar – Clearing ratio stood good at 0.61% and 0.41% in IEX and PXIL respectively, with total clearing volume falling marginally as compared to last month.

 

The graph below is a Y-o-Y graph which depicts the comparison of REC Traded from May 2014 to May 2015 and May 2015 to May 2016.

 

 

 

MERC Determination of Generic Tariff for Renewable Energy for FY 2016-17

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission came up with its Draft order on the MERC (Terms and Conditions for Determination of Renewable Energy (RE) Tariff) Regulations, 2015, (“the RE Tariff Regulations”) on 1st April, 2016.The RE Tariff Regulations specify the Terms and Conditions and the Procedure for determination of Generic Tariff by the Commission. The graph below gives a comparison of the RE tariff determined in year 2014-15, 2015-16 to 2016-17 for wind and mini & micro hydro generating stations.

In the Draft Generic Tariff Order for FY 2016-17, the normative Capital Cost for the Solar PV power projects for FY 2016-17 was not declared by CERC and accordingly, the Commission proposed to consider the same Capital Cost of Rs. 605.85 lakh/MW for the Solar PV Projects to be commissioned in the period from 1 April, 2016 to 31 March, 2017.

The graph below gives comparison of Generic Tariffs for Solar Projects in the period from 2016– 21017 to the previous year. The tariff has been determined with AD benefits depending on the type of solar project as follows.:

 

The Generic Tariffs for Wind Energy Projects in the period from 1 April, 2016 to 31 March, 2017 have been determined as follows.  The discount factor for levelisation of Tariff for Wind Energy Projects works out to 10.54%.

The Commission has invited Comments, suggestions and objections from the public and stake-holders, including RE Developers, Distribution Licensees, MEDA, electricity consumers, etc. are on this draft Suo Moto Order.

The Order can be accessed here.

 

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission Amendment to RPO Regulation, 2010

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission recently came up with new amendment in the Renewable Purchase Obligation, 2010. The amendment was made in the regulation 3 after sub regulation (1) regarding the RPO percentages as mentioned below

The Commission orders that the Renewable Purchase Obligation specified for 2011-2012 in the sub regulation (1) shall be applicable for the years 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 to all the distribution licensees.

 

The Order can be accessed here.

KERC Revises APPC for FY 15-16 & Finalizes for FY 16-17

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) in its order in April 2016 has finalized the APPC applicable for FY 15-16 and has also revised the APPC applicable for FY 16-17.

Previously the commission in its notification dated 30.03.2015 set the APPC rate for FY 15-16 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 15-16.

The order also said mentioned that the difference of 4 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 16-17 at Rs. 3.10 per unit; this APPC might go through another revision once the ESCOM’s will finalize their accounts. The graph below gives the APPC’s given by the KERC in its various orders

The order can be accessed here.

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