GUVNL announces tenders for 700 MW solar capacity in the state

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has tendered 700 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power project which will be set up at Raghanesda Solar Park – Gujarat (Phase III). Key points from the tender are as below:

  • The bid-submission deadline: Nov 15, 2018
  • Pre-bid meeting: October 17, 2018
  • Objective: The capacity to be tendered is to fulfill the RPO and to meet the future requirements to the state DISCOMs.
  • Type of auction: Build Own Operate basis
  • The projects will be developed on three plots. While two plots have specifications for 250 MW each, the third one will have 200 MW of solar projects. The bidders can bid for the following capacities: 700 MW, 500 MW, 450 MW, 250 MW, or 200 MW. One must bid for the entire plot or a combination of two or three plots.
  • Earnest Money @ Rs. 10 Lakh / MW is to be submitted in the form of Bank Guarantee along with the Response to RfS.
  • PPA period: 25 years
  • The applicable land lease charges at the Raghanesda Solar Park has been set at ₹10,000/Hectare/Year with an increment rate of 15 percent every three years.

For this particular tender, GUVNL has not set any ceiling tariff. Also, the current tender is announced after the very competitive tariff discovered of INR 2.44/kWh in the last month’s 500 MW tender. Further, In a recent order, GERC has also imposed an additional surcharge of 0.44/kWh to all open access consumers who fall under GUVNL’s discoms. Renewable energy generators who also fall under the third-party sale category will have to pay the additional surcharge according to the order.

HPERC NOTIFIES RETAIL TARIFF ORDER FOR FY 2017-18

The HPERC has released the retail tariff for FY 2017-18 in its order. The tariff has basically remained unchanged to a large extent.

 

The tariff is given as follows:

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Cross Subsidy Surcharge: Rs 1.89/unit

Wheeling charges: Rs 1.83/unit

Additional Surcharge: Rs 0.49/unit

The article can be accessed here.

The press note about the same can be accessed here.

Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission Determines Additional Surcharge

HPERC in its recent order determined the Additional Surcharge on the consumers availing Short Term Open Access Consumers. The Commission earlier approved the rate of additional surcharge as 78paise/kWh in its order dated 18th Feb, 2016.

The HPSEBL has, vide the present petition, requested the Commission to approve the Additional Surcharge of 80 paise per unit for STOA.

After reviewing all the comments and suggestion from the stakeholders and objectors the commission deter-mines the Additional surcharge to be 49.16paise/kWh. The graph below depicts the change in additional sur-charge over the past three control periods :-

The regulation can be accessed here.

 

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission determines Additional Surcharge for Open Access Consumers 2016-17

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) in its order dated 1st October 2016 has computed the additional surcharge payable by the Open Access Consumers for the control period of 1st October 2016 to 31st March 2017.

The order has come as per the GERC Open Access Regulation which states, that additional surcharge shall be determined in every 6 months periods.

The GUVNL (Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited) furnished the data to the commission as per the guidelines defined and proposed an additional surcharge of Rs. 0.44/kWh. The additional surcharge has decreased by Rs. 0.22/kWh from the previous surcharge.

The Additional Surcharge will be applicable to the consumers of MGVCL, UGVCL, PGVCL and DGVCL, who avail power through open access from any source other than their respective DISCOMs and will be applicable for the open access transaction commencing from 1st October, 2016 to 31th March, 2017. The graph below depicts how the addition surcharge has varied over the past:

The regulation 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.

 

 

Tamil Nadu Comprehensive Tariff Order on Wind Energy

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission issued its fourth Comprehensive Tariff Order on Wind Energy on 30th March, 2016. The Commission’s last comprehensive tariff order was issued in 2012 for a control period for two years which was later extended up to the issuance of next comprehensive tariff order. This order would be applicable on purchase of wind energy by the Distribution Licensee from wind energy generators (WEGs).

Some of the key points of the order are as follows:

 

  • Wind Tariff: This year’s levelized wind tariff has been finalized out to be Rs 4.16/ unit which has increased from the previous tariff of Rs 3.59/ unit.
  • CDM Benefits: The order offers CDM benefits, which will be shared between the distribution licensee and the consumer on gross basis starting from 100% to developers in the first year and thereafter reducing by 10% every year till the sharing becomes equal.
  • Wheeling & Transmission Charges: The WEGs shall have to bear 40% in each of the transmission, wheeling and scheduling and system operation charges as applicable to the conventional power to the wind power.
  • CSS: The WEG will be levied 50% of cross subsidy charges.
  • Banking Charges: This order provides the banking of Energy for a period of 12 month commencing from April 1st, 2016 to 31st March.
    • The Unutilized energy as on 31st March every year would be encashed at the rate of 75% of the respective applicable wind energy tariff rate fixed by the Commission.
    • The WEGs have requested to consider purchase of unutilized energy for the generators under REC scheme at APPC rates and to permit banking of energy and encash the unutilized energy at 75% of the applicable rates notified by the Commission.
  • The 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

GERC Computes Additional Surcharge

Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) in its order dated 25th September 2014 has computed the additional surcharge payable by the Open Access Consumers for the control period of 1st October 2014 to 31st March 2015.

The order has come as per the GERC Open Access Regulation which states that additional surcharge shall be determined every 6 months periods.

The GUVNL (Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited) furnished the data to the commission as per the guidelines defined and proposed an additional surcharge of Rs. 0.33/kWh.

The commission in its order based on the data submitted by GUVNL, approved additional surcharge at Rs. 0.26/kWh.

The Additional Surcharge will be applicable to the consumers of MGVCL, UGVCL, PGVCL and DGVCL, who avail power through open access from any source other than their respective DISCOMs and will be applicable for the open access transaction commencing from 1st October, 2014 to 31th March, 2015.

The relevant order can be accessed here.

Our previous blog post on APTEL order on solar tariff of Gujarat can be read here.

Contributed by Dheeraj Babariya.

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