Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission Moots ‘Resource Adequacy Plan’
The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) has directed the Managing Director (MD) of the APDCL (Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd.) to prepare a ‘resource adequacy plan’ at least for the next ten years
GUWAHATI: The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) has directed the Managing Director (MD) of the APDCL (Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd.) to prepare a ‘resource adequacy plan’ at least for the next ten years based on the projected power demand and incorporating power from renewable energy sources, including storage.
The AERC said this during the recent hearing of three MWAC (megawatts of alternating current) projects.
APDCL filed a petition before the AERC for the adoption of a tariff determined through a transparent competitive bidding process for the procurement of 50 MWAC, 200 MWAC, and 70 MWAC power projects from the Grid-Connected Ground-Mounted Solar PV Project. During the bidding, the AERC adopted a tariff of Rs 3.92 per unit for the procurement of power by APDCL from two of the three Grid Connected Ground Mounted Solar PV Projects set to be developed by SJVN Green Energy Ltd. (SGEL) in the BOO (build-own-operate) mode. In the third project of 200 MWAC, the power tariff is Rs 3.90 per unit.
The 50 MWAC power project will be at Dhekiajuli in the Sonitpur district. The State Government handed over the land for the project to APDCL, and the SGEL will use the land on lease for Rs 25 lakh per MW for 25 years.
The government has not yet provided land for the 200 MWAC project. However, the AERC made it a point to the APDCL and SGEL that they must not delay the project due to non-availability of land or other reasons, and they should adhere to the PPA (power purchase agreement).
The 70MWAC project will come up at Khudigaon Pt-II, Bilasipara, in the Dhubri district. The APDCL gave the land to SGEL for use at a lease rent of Rs 25 lakh per MW for 25 years.