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MNRE issue bidding guidelines for setting up 1000 MW Wind Power Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued Guidelines for transparent bidding process for setting up of 1000 MW Wind Power Project connected to inter-state transmission system (ISTS).

The guidelines have been issued for implementation of Scheme launched in June 2016 for providing power purchase agreements for electricity generated from 1,000-MW wind power projects.

As per Guidelines

  • Wind Power Projects will be selected through transparent and open competitive bidding followed by e-reverse auction for setting up of 1000 MW Wind Power Projects.
  • The capacity these Wind Power Projects may go higher than 1000 MW, if there is demand from Buying Entities.
  • Under this Scheme, Discoms of non-windy State/UTs and also the bulk consumers of any State/UTs who intend to buy 10 MW or more can buy wind power.
  • The PTC India Ltd, trading company will sign Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with wind projects at bidded tariff and back-to-back Power Sale Agreement (PSA) with Buying Entities at a pooled price of the total bids selected.
  • The term of PSA and PPA will be 25 years. Bidder can bid for a minimum capacity of 50 MW and maximum up to 250 MW.
  • The selected bidder is required to injected wind power at ISTS interconnection point and will be also allowed to install 5% of additional rated capacity that will compensate auxiliary consumption and system losses up to interconnection point.

Background

  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had launched a Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW ISTS connected Wind Power Project in June 2016.
  • The objective of the Scheme is to encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of efficient and transparent e-bidding and e-auctioning processes.
  • It seeks to facilitate fulfilment of Non-Solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) requirement of non-windy states.
  • Provisions also have been made in the Tariff Policy to waive the inter-state transmission charges and losses in order to facilitate transmission of wind power from these windy states to non-windy states.

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Union Government Launches Scheme for setting up 1000 MW CTU- connected Wind Power Project

The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has launched a scheme for setting up of 1000 Mega Watt (MW) Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU).

The objective of the scheme is to facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process.

Key Facts

  • The Scheme will encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of transparent and efficient e-auctioning and e-bidding processes.
  • It will also facilitate fulfilment of Non-Solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) requirement of non-windy states.
  • Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has been designated nodal agency for implementation of the scheme.
  • The Scheme will be implemented for setting up 1000 MW capacity of CTU connected Wind Power Projects by Wind Project Developers on build, own and operate (BOOT) basis.
  • However, if there is higher demand from Discoms of non-windy states the capacity may go higher than 1000 MW.

Background

  • The Union Government has set an ambitious target of achieving 175 Giga Watt (GW) power capacity from clean renewable energy resources by 2022. Out of this, 60 GW target is set for wind power.
  • The present installed wind power capacity in the country is nearly 26.7 GW accounting for nearly 9% of total installed capacity.
  • Globally, India is at 4th position in term of installed wind power capacity after China, USA and Germany.
  • The National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) under the MNRE assesses the wind power potential in the country at 100 meter above ground level.
  • It has estimated it over 302 GW and there are 8 windy states namely Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

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