KERC announces a revised tariff order for rooftop solar plants for domestic consumers

KERC has recently announced an order for the “revision of tariff in respect of new Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic Units of 1kW to 10kW capacity installed by domestic consumers”. The government of Karnataka has set a target of 2400 MW of grid-connected rooftop generation projects under its solar policy 2014-2021. As of August 2018, Karnataka’s installed capacity for both ground-mounted and rooftop solar capacity is 5179 MW. Out of the total installed capacity, only 145 MW is solar rooftop photovoltaic plants (SRTPV) units have been installed & commissioned. Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) the Commission had issued a Discussion Paper in the matter of revision of tariff in respect of new Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic Units of 1kW to 10kW capacity installed by domestic consumers, on 09.09.2018, inviting comments/suggestions from the stakeholders.

One of the reasons for the poor response for installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic plants by the domestic consumers may be the low Feed-In Tariff (FIT) fixed by the Commission as compared to the relatively higher capital cost of smaller capacity SRTPV units. Hence, the Commission was of the considered view that there is a need to promote smaller capacity solar rooftop power plants by the domestic consumers in order to achieve the desired capacity addition of SRTPV plants in the State.

Post the comments and suggestions, the commission has made some changes as below:

  • The CUF is retained to be 19% % even for 1 kW to 10 kW capacity SRTPV Plants from the 16% CUF earlier.
  • The capital cost for SRPTV plants of 1 kW to 10 kW is decided to be INR 48,000/kW.
  • The generic tariff for grid-connected new Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic Units of 1kW to 10kW capacity installed by domestic consumers at INR.4.15 only per unit (without capital subsidy) and at INR.3.08 only per unit (with capital subsidy).
  • The above-mentioned changes will be applicable to new plants with commissioning date on or after 19.12.2018.

BESCOM proposes incentive scheme to bring back HT consumers in the new tariff order 2018-’19

BESCOM announced its new tariff order for FY 2018-2019. New points introduced in the order include providing incentives to the HT consumers, for them to return back to state DISCOMs and not purchase power via Open Access.

Since HT consumers have been purchasing power via Open Access, the DISCOMs are deprived of the sales to the paying consumers, in turn impacting the finances of the distribution licensees.

Base consumption:

The monthly average consumption out of energy supplied by BESCOM during the non-peak hours’ period between 10.00 Hours and 18.00 Hours of the day, during the period from 01-04-2017 to 31-03-2018 as recorded in Time of Day (ToD) meter will be reckoned as base consumption.

Incentive scheme:

  • Any excess energy consumed by the eligible consumers during the non- peak period between 10.00 Hours and 18.00 Hours, over and above the average base consumption as stated, will be allowed a discount of Rs.1.00/- per unit in the bill, to the eligible consumers.

  • Further, the eligible consumers will be allowed an incentive of Rs.2.00 per unit in the bill for the energy consumed during the period between 22.00 Hours and 06.00 Hours as against the normal ToD rebate of Re.1.00 per unit.

Consumer

Slabs

Exiting rates (Ps/Unit)

Proposed Incentive rates (Ps/Unit)

HT2a(i)

0-1 lakh units

665

665

above 1 lakh units

695

HT2a(ii)

0-1 lakh units

660

660

above 1 lakh units

680

HT2b(i)

0-2 lakh units

845

845

above 2 lakh units

855

HT2b(ii)

0-2 lakh units

825

825

above 2 lakh units

835

HT2c(ii)

0-1 lakh units

740

740

above 1 lakh units

780

There are also some amendments in the wheeling charges applicable to the renewable generators.

  • The RE generators will be liable to pay 25% of the normal transmission charges and/or wheeling charges.

  • They will be liable to bear the applicable lines losses as decided by the commission.

  • Also be liable to other applicable charges including 2% of banking charges.

RE projects

Time period

Transmission/wheeling charges

Banking

Line losses

Wind projects

10.10.2013 to 0.09.2017

25% normal transmission/wheeling charges

exempted

Solar projects

On or earlier than 31.03.2017

exempted

The RE projects commissioned on or after 1.04.2018 shall be liable to 25% of the normal transmission and/or wheeling charges, in cash, and the applicable line losses and banking charge, in kind, as determined by the Commission in its Tariff Orders, from time-to-time, in addition to the other applicable charges.

The Captive Generators, availing of the benefit of the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mechanism, shall be liable to pay the normal Transmission, Wheeling, and other charges, as specified in the Commission’s Order dated 09.10.2013.

The order is in effect since 1.04.2018 until 31.02.2020 unless any other order comes into effect.

AERC releases retail tariff for FY 2017-18

The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) in an order dated  31st March released tariff for FY 2017-18 for the Assam Power Distribution Corporation Limited (APDCL). The change in energy charge from last year to this year has been depicted in the following table:

 

 

The tariff has increased since the last year specially for HT II industries and commercial users for who the tariff has increased significantly. There has been an increase in the CSS as well this year.

The open access charges are as follows:

 

Cross Subsidy Surcharge: The CSS for FY 2017-18 is Rs 1.31/kWh

Wheeling Charge : The wheeling charge applicable for FY 2017-18 is Rs 0.23/kWh

 Wheeling Loss: The wheeling loss at 11 kV is 11% and that at 33 kV is 5%

Transmission Loss: The transmission loss for Assam has been determined as 3.49%

 

The order can be accessed here.

KSERC RELEASES TARIFF ORDER FOR FY 2017-18

KSERC (Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission) has released a tariff order determining the retail tariff for FY 2017-18 for the state. Salient features of the order are as follows:

 

 

Transmission Charge: The transmission charge for FY 2017-18 is Rs 0.37/unit

Wheeling Charges: The wheeling charges determined for the FY 2017-18 are Rs 0.31/unit

Cross Subsidy Surcharge: The cross subsidy surcharge is  Rs 0.91/unit.

 

The order can be accessed here.

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.

MPERC RELEASES TARIFF ORDER FOR LV, HV AND EHV CONSUMERS:

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) in its order dated 1st April 2016 has determined the tariff for Low Voltage (LV), High Voltage (HV) and Extra High Voltage (EHV). A summary of the tariff for HV3 consumers which includes Industrial, Non-industrial and Shopping Malls has been given in the table below:

The order can be accessed here

Rajasthan Determines Tariff for Biomass, Biogas and Biomass Gasifier Based Projects

The Rajasthan Regulatory Commission (RERC) through an order dated 08th July has determined the tariff applicable for the projects getting commission during FY 15-16. The tariff has been calculated for Biomass, Biogas and Biomass Gasifier based power projects.

The brief details of the tariffs finalized are shown in the table below:

The tariff order can be reached here.

MPERC determines retail tariff for FY15

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) through an order (dated 24th May 2014), has determined the retail tariff for FY 14- 15.       

The new tariff determined for FY15 is same as it was for FY14, The summary of the new tariff for INDUSTRIAL, NON-INDUSTRIAL consumers can be found in the table below –


Wheeling Charges –


Transmission Charges – T
he transmission charges for FY 14-15 has been calculated as Rs .48 per unit, applicable for a consumer having contract demand of 1MW or above. 

Cross-subsidy surcharge – The Cross-Subsidy Surcharge has been computed as Rs .39 per unit.

Transmission losses – The transmission losses for FY 14-15 have been calculated as 3%.

Aforementioned wheeling charges and cross subsidy surcharges are not applicable to consumers availing open access from renewable sources of energy.

The details on this tariff can be read on Page 189 of the Retail Tariff

Our latest Blog post on the retail tariff can be read here

Contributed by – Dheeraj Babariya

CERC finalizes RE tariff for FY15

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) in its order on 15th May has finalised the Renewable Energy tariff for FY 14-15.

The details of the tariff calculated for FY 14-15 can be found in table below.

In the table above, it is clearly evident that CERC has finalized a higher price in case of solar projects as compared to that proposed in its draft. The price now finalized of Rs. 6.95 per unit is approx. 9.7% higher (than Rs. 6.33 per unit proposed in the draft).

A higher tariff determination for solar follows a similar consideration of higher benchmark capital cost. It was proposed that the capital cost for SPV projects to be Rs. 612 Lakh per MW. However, in the final order the capital cost now stands at Rs. 691 Lakh per MW.

It can be said that the apex regulator has finalised the tariff in response to views/suggestions of all stakeholders.

A higher solar tariff means grid parity still remains a distant dream. However, given the pace with which the retails tariffs across various states have been increasing and the fact that solar prices are coming down aggressively, it can be inferred that a “distant dream” is not too far away.

 

Madhya Pradesh takes note of non-compliance in solar RPO

On 20th November 2013, in petition no. 35/ 2013, MPERC took serious note on the issue of non-compliance of solar RPO by state utilities/discoms. It can be read in the order as:

Notwithstanding the aforesaid, the Commission is constrained to express serious concern on the lack of effort on the part of the utilities in fulfilling their respective RPOs. More than four months of the current financial year still remain and the respondents are directed to pursue renewable energy procurement to the maximum so that the shortfall against the RPO is minimized. Continuous failure on the part of utilities in this regard cannot be allowed to go unpunished.

MPERC also asserted that the petitioner & other such parties have never had any intention of selling power to discoms, despite being located within the state, as for such parties, opting  for REC mechanism brings exorbitant profits. This act is depriving the state discoms from solar power procurement as the same quantum of power (claimed by solar generators for REC) cannot be claimed by discoms towards fulfillment of their solar RPO targets.

However, MPERC shied away from taking a stern decision. Although, MP’s likelihood for solar RPO compliance has been estimated as high.

Previously, in September 2013, MPERC, through a fresh directive, had offered to account additional cost with regards to RPO compliance in true-up exercise.  More on this directive can be found by following this link.

The present order can be accessed here.

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