Government extends transmission charge waiver to solar, wind power till March 2022

The Union Power Ministry has extended waiver of inter-state power transmission charges and losses for solar and wind power projects commissioned till 31 March 2022 in order to give boost to clean energy sources.

Key Facts

The waiver will be available to solar and wind projects for 25 years from date of commissioning provided developers sign power purchase agreements with entities, including power distribution companies (discoms), for sale of power for compliance of their renewable purchase obligation. Moreover, the waiver will be available to only those projects which are awarded through competitive bidding process as per guidelines issued by central government. These new conditions for wavier of transmission charges and losses irrespective of purchasing entity will be applicable prospectively.

Significance

The order assumes significance in view of India’s ambitious target of having 175GW of renewable energy capacities (100GW of solar, 60GW of wind energy, 10GW energy from Biomass and 5 GW from Hydel). At present, India’s installed renewable generation capacity is 62.84 GW excluding large hydro projects above 25 MW. The Union Government also has planned to auction 40GW of solar energy capacities and 20GW of wind projects in 2018-19 and 2019-20 to meet the tall order.

Background

Earlier, the waiver was available to solar and wind power projects commissioned till 31 December 2019, and 31 March 2019, respectively. It was available for a period of 25 years from date commissioning of the project.  Moreover, under it incentive was not available to firms other than discom. Thus, other entities procuring clean energy from these projects were at disadvantageous position.

Advertisement

Categories: India Current Affairs 2018

Tags:

advertisement

Comments

  • Manicklal Chakraborty says:

    Sir,
    Its the responsibility of every state government to follow the suit whoever in the center- SOLAR POWER (not only solar power) but all REBNEWABLE ENERGY is the need of hour globaly we the indians have to carry much more responsibility than any other country in the world because we have the resource alwell as nature – but its unfortunate every state governmenbt mind set only in vote bank politics since BJP at the center congress ruling state may not follow the center, comunist are on the other hand and regional political parties are ther on their part first our ploiticians mind set need to be powered ONE INDIA FOR DEVELOPMENT THAN ONLY NEW INDIA WILL EMERGED> Manicklal Chakraborty

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *