Captive power plant of Bokaro Steel Plant is co-gen : Jharkhand ERC

In an order dated 24th March 2014, state electricity regulator of Jharkhand (JSERC) is of the view that the captive power plant of Bokaro Steel Plant (a unit of Steel Authority of India) can be regarded as a co-generation plant. This means that power consumption from CPP of BSL will qualify towards fulfillment of RPO set under relevant regulations of JSERC.

BSL had prayed JSERC to

1. declare its CPP of 302 MW as co-generation power plant,

2. exempt BSL from applicability of RPO and

3. waive the RPO applicable on consumption of power from its CPP during FY11, FY12 and FY13.

CPP of BSL fulfills the definition of CPP as BSL has 50% equity in the plant and consumes 100 % of power generated.

JSERC also considered APTEL’s judgement in the case of MERC vs Century Rayon, where in it was declared that fastening of RPO on  would defeat  the objective of section 86 (1) (e) of the Indian Electricity Act.

JSERC has RPO targets defined till FY16. It has a total of 4% RPO (1% solar & 3% non-solar) for all three years FY14, FY15 & FY16.

BSL also is a distribution licensee in Jharkhand. As per data furnished in the order total RPO applicable on BSL for consumption of captive power comes around – 64.8 MW of non-solar and 17 MW of solar RPO.

The order can be accessed here.

Maharashtra allows open access for CPPs

Open access is now open for Fossil fuel-based captive power plants (CPPs) with power demand of 1 MVA and above in Maharashtra.An article of The Business Standard mentioned about the new announcement by the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MahaVitaran).

The following important points were highlighted:

  1. It would be the responsibility of the generator to supply the generation data. In case of non-cooperation or non-submission of generation data in 15-minute time block by the relevant authority like the state-level despatch centre, the consumer would be required to pay the monthly bill as per its tariff without any credit adjustment.
  2. The open access consumer and the generator would have to comply with MahaVitaran’s metering requirement in totality.
  3. In case if the net energy received at the drawal point every 15 minutes time block is less than the net energy actually consumed during the corresponding 15 minutes time block, the excess energy consumed by the open access consumer during the said 15 minutes time block would be considered as overdrawl from MahaVitaran’s grid and would be billed at the rate applicable from time to time.
  4. In case of distribution open access, transmission loss would be deducted and transmission charges at Rs 0.29 per unit would be recovered by MahaVitaran.
  5. The open access consumer would also have to apply for transmission open access, if the injection point or the drawal point is connected to an EHV (more than 33 kV) network.
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