Gujarat Discoms Tariff, wheeling & distribution charges & losses for FY 19-20 announced

The distribution companies of Gujarat along with the state-owned Generation & transmission utilities filed petitions to determine the tariffs, wheeling charges & distribution losses for the FY 2019-2020. The Key highlights from the order are as follow:

  • There has been no increase in the power tariff for the consumers of State-owned Discoms and Torrent Power Limited (Ahmedabad-Gandhinagar and Surat area)
  • The number of slabs in Residential Tariff is reduced from 5 to 4 so as to simplify the present structure.

The Slab of 100- 200 units and 200-250 units are merged into one slab of 100-250 units. Due to this, there will be a reduction of 10 Paise/unit in energy charge for the consumption falling under the earlier slab of 200-250 units; This change also carried out for the consumers of Torrent Power Limited- Surat area along with all the other discoms in Gujarat.

  • The benefit of Optional Demand Based Tariff extended to small consumers up to 6 kW of contract demand.

Wheeling charges, losses, distribution losses & Cross Subsidy Surcharges

The wheeling charges for four discoms (UGVCL, PGVCL, DGCVL, MGVCL) for FY 19-20 applicable to GENCOs or captive power plants permitted for Open Access under the electricity act, 2003 are as follows:

Distribution losses for HT & LT network are 10% & 5.05% respectively. In case the injection is at 11kV & drawal is at LT level, in that case, loss of 12.75% is to be applied at the 11kV injection network.

*Tariff Policy, 2016 provides that the surcharge shall not exceed 20% of the tariff applicable to the category of the consumers seeking Open Access.

Charges for Torrent (Ahmedabad & Surat)

 

Haryana Solar Policy 2016

Recently Haryana has released its new Solar Policy dated 3 March 2016 effective from the date of notification.

 

The policy promotes both Ground mounted and Solar Rooftop installations. The Solar Purchase Obligation is also hiked to 3% by 2021-22, which may further increase to 8% under the ambitious plans of MNRE to promote Solar Generation by adding 100 thousand MW of Solar Power Nationwide, This would mean the installed capacity in Haryana would rise up to 3200 MW.

 

 

  • The Policy promotes development of Solar Parks through a joint Venture company has been formed by HSIIDC and HPGCL named “Saur Urja Nigam Haryana Limited” (SUN Haryana)

 

  • The Government of Haryana will also facilitate the lease/sub-lease of Panchayat land through SUN Haryana (Saur Urja Nigam Haryana) or directly for setting up of Solar Power Projects for minimum period of 30 years.

 

  • To harness the solar potential in the state the State Government shall provide Capital /generation subsidy/ incentives to Schools, Private and Public Institutes hospitals and commercial buildings for installation of rooftop solar power plants.

 

  • A total capacity of 1600 MW rooftop solar power plants shall be added by the Year 2021-22.

 

  • All new projects of MW scale generating solar energy will be treated as “Industry” in terms of Industrial Policy of the State. Thus all the incentives available to industrial units under the industrial policy from time to time, shall also be available to the solar power producers/units

 

  • Also the Solar Policy provides exemptions like Land use approval, External Development Charges, scrutiny fee and infrastructure development charges also Environment Clearance, Clearance from Forest Department, Stamp Duty for lease of land for projects

 

 

However the most progressive aspect of the solar policy is the Exemption on Electricity Duty Electricity Taxes & Cess, Wheeling, Transmission & distribution, cross subsidy charges, surcharges and Reactive Power Charges will be totally waived off for Ground mounted and Roof Top Solar Power Projects in the state of Haryana.

 

Banking

 

The banking facility shall be allowed for a period of one year by the Licensee Utilities and IPP will pay the difference of Unscheduled Interchange charges (UI Charges) at the time of injection and at the time of withdrawal. However, Withdrawal of banked power should not be allowed during peak and Time of Day (TOD) hours. If the banked energy is not utilized within a period of twelve

Months from the date of power banked with the concerned power utilities/Licensee, it will automatically lapse and no charges shall be paid in lieu of such Power. The banking facility shall be allowed for the grid connected rooftop solar power Projects on the same pattern as per MW scale projects.

The Policy can be accessed here.

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