The Ministry of Power has released an order  which provides extension on the waiver of intra-state transmission charges and losses for transmission of electricity generated from solar and wind sources. As per the last order dated 14 June 2017, MoP had provided an extension on the waiver of transmission charges for electricity procured from solar and wind sources till 31.12.2019. This waiver has been further extended to 31 March 2022 for electricity transmitted both the sources of renewable energy.


The waiver shall be applicable for 25 years from the date of commissioning of the projects and only on those projects entering into PPAs with distribution licensees for sale of electricity for compliance of their RPO. The order also states that the waiver shall be applicable to projects awarded through competitive bidding process.


This order continues to encompass the same issues present in the previous orders. It is only applicable to solar projects from which the electricity will be sold to the DISCOMs. Secondly, it will only be on those solar projects entering PPAs for the compliance of RPO.


The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has determined the distribution and transmission tariff for FY 2017-18. The last time they had determined tariff was in 2014 which means that the tariff has changed after 3 years. The energy charges for different categories is as follows:



The tariff for industrial and domestic categories hasn’t changed at all. Same is the case with domestic tariff.


Wheeling Charges: 21.06 Paisa/Unit

Wheeling loss: 2.45%

Cross subsidy surcharge: 1.67 Rs/kWh

The transmission tariff was also determined by the TNERC. It is as follows:


Transmission charges: 3037.30 Rs/MW/day

Transmission loss: 3.81%


The distribution and generation tariff can be accessed here. The transmission tariff can be accessed here.


This is an attempt to encourage solar and wind  energy in the country, the Ministry of Power (MoP) had waived off the inter-state transmission charges and losses on the electricity generated by wind and solar sources of energy in September last year. That order has now been amended by the MoP  and as per the new order, transmission charges and losses are wavered off only on solar projects.  The MoP, after consultation with MNRE, CEA, CERC and POSOCO, has notified the following:

For generation projects based on solar resources, the waiver will be on projects commissioned till 31/12/2019. The waiver will be available till 25 years of date of commissioning of such projects and on solar  projects entering PPAs for sale of electricity to DISCOMs for compliance of RPO. The remaining of the terms and conditions remain the same as the 2016 order.

As per our analysis, this order by the MoP has a number of limitations. First of all, it is only applicable to solar projects from which the electricity will be sold to the DISCOMs. Secondly, it will only be on those solar projects entering PPAs for the compliance of RPO.

The order released in 2016 can be accessed here.

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.

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.



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.




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.

APERC unveils wheeling, transmission & SLDC charges for FY15

The state regulator of AP has determined open access charges namely – wheeling, transmission and SLDC charges for 3rd control period (i.e. from FY15 to FY19).

Wheeling Charges:

The wheeling charges determined by APERC are different for all discoms. The wheeling charges will be effective 17th May 2014. The table below shows the applicable wheeling tariff for subsequent years starting FY15.

Wheeling charges to be levied by CPDCL -

A conventional generator using distribution network of CPDCL and drawing energy at 33 kV will now have to pay Rs. 0.01 per unit. For 11 kV the same will be approx. Rs. 0.195 per unit in FY15.

Wheeling charges to be levied by EPDCL -

Wheeling charges to be levied by NPDCL -

Wheeling charges to be levied by SPDCL -

Note – As per Govt. of AP policy there will be no wheeling charges applicable on non-conventional energy generators (Wind, Solar and Mini-Hydel). 

The order on wheeling tariff can be accessed here.

Transmission Charges:

The APTRANSCO will levy the following transmission charges starting from FY15.

Note – RE generators will continue to be exempted from paying the above transmission tariffs as per Govt. of AP policy directives. 

Transmission tariff order can be read in detail by clicking here.

SLDC Charges:

The following SLDC charges (Annual Fee & Operating Charges) shall be paid by Generating Companies (including Captive Generating Plants), Distribution Licensees and Trading Licensees using the intra-State Transmission Network.

Detailed order is available here.

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