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Rules Soon to Make Sure 'Squatters' Utilise Transmission Infrastructure

PowerGrid Corporation of India had complained to the regulator about renewable project developers who had obtained connectivity rights at its sub-stations and taken control of one or more “bays” there, but were not using them to transmit power. This, it had complained, prevented others with power projects from utilising the bays. CERC has indicated that it would come up with guidelines to deal with “squatters” on the Central Transmission Utility (CTU) and ensure that the infrastructure is utilised.

Source: Economic Times, October 02, 2017

Eighteen firms bid to supply wind power in GUVNL auction

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has received bids from 18 companies for the supply of 500 MW wind power to the state-run power utility. The Gujarat high court in its recent order allowed GUVNL to continue with the bidding process. The technical bids were opened few days back and the financial bids will be opened on November 15.

Delhi Discoms to Purchase 1,000 MW Clean Energy by 2019

The power discoms in Delhi will be able to purchase 1,000 MW clean electricity by 2019, a major step towards implementing the AAP government's solar policy. Delhi Power minister Mr. Satyender Jain said if needed, the city government will get more clean energy to keep air pollution in check. "Discussions with the three discoms were on for nearly six months and they have agreed. In-principle agreement has been made. He said that one thousand MW clean energy will be purchased for Delhi.

Civil Society Groups Start Campaign in Europe for Clean Energy

Bonn: To combat the worsening impacts of climate change and air pollution, civil society groups across 28 European nations on November 03, 2017 (Thursday) starting campaigning under Europe Beyond Coal, a collective campaign to move away from coal towards clean renewable energy. Underscoring the need for this shift, new health impact modelling released by the campaign showed that in 2015, the European Union's coal fleet alone was responsible for an estimated 19,500 premature deaths and 10,000 cases of chronic bronchitis in adults. Coal's health costs are equally staggering, with up to 54 billion euros in the same one year period. "Momentum is building for Europe to be coal-free by 2030, and civil society is coming together to make it happen, and happen sooner," Europe Beyond Coal campaign Director Kathrin Gutmann said, according to a statement.

Source: IANS | November 03, 2017

Karnataka Govt Overrules Regulator's Order to Reduce Discom Tariff

In an unprecedented step, the Karnataka government has overruled a regulatory order that had reduced the tariff the state discom would pay for wind energy projects for which power purchase agreements were signed before this fiscal year. The state has invoked special provisions under Section 108 of the Electricity Act to veto the decision of the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) -- largely an autonomous body -- to insist that developers whose PPAs were signed before March 31 this year, should be paid Rs 4.50 per unit, and not Rs 3.74 per unit as the KERC had laid down. The regulatory order had jeopardised many wind projects.

ET Bureau, October 31, 2017

Supreme Court Order to Bring PPA Discipline

A recent Supreme Court ruling that electricity regulators’ “inherent powers” are circumscribed and can’t be used “to deal with any matter which is otherwise specifically provided under the Electricity Act 2003,” would have implications for many delayed power projects wanting to extend the “tariff periods” under the existing power purchase agreements (PPAs), industry analysts said. The apex court, in an October 25 ruling, set aside the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (GERC) order, which allowed a private generator — Solar Semiconductor Power Company (SSPC) — to extend the start of the tariff period from 2010, when the PPA was signed, to 2012, when it actually commenced operations. While the regulatory panel used the power under the Act to extend the tariff period — which would practically raise the tariffs, the court said that such decision, which has the effect of amending the PPA can be done only as per PPA’s own provisions, and not by invoking the regulator’s inherent power.

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