APTEL stays Tamil Nadu wind auction temporarily

APTEL stays Tamil Nadu wind auction temporarily

Renewable energy developers have been opposing ceiling tariffs at auctions for projects ever since they began, but government agencies conducting the auctions, keen to keep tariffs low, have been adamant about imposing them.

The Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) has finally taken the first step to oppose such tariffs, by petitioning the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) and getting a stay order.

In April last year, Tamil Nadu’s power regulator, Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Authority (TNERC) set a feed in tariff for wind power of Rs 2.80 per unit.

State power regulators continue to set feed in tariffs for wind projects, depending on various factors such as speed, intensity of wind etc, but state agencies conducting auctions have lately been ignoring them, preferring to hold auctions and thereby get a still lower tariff. Read More

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