In an attempt to accelerate wind energy projects, the Centre has made definite revisions to the bidding guidelines for such projects, according to an official statement. The modifications have been made based on the familiarity of bidding and consultation with several stakeholders, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said in a statement.
The development adopts significance as the government has set an aspiring target of having 175 GW of clean energy capacity by 2022, including 100 GW solar and 60 GW of wind energy.
"The guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding process for procurement of power from grid connected wind power projects was notified on December 8, 2017. Based on experience of bidding and after consultation with stakeholders, following amendment to these standard bidding guidelines for wind power projects is carried out," it said.
As per the announcement, now the timeline for land acquisition for wind power projects has been stretched from seven months to scheduled commissioning date i.e. 18 months.
This, the ministry said, will help wind power project developers in states where land acquisition takes longer time.
"Also the window for revision of declared CUF (capital utilization factor) of wind power project has been increased to three years. The acknowledged CUF is now permitted to revise once within three year of commercial operation date, which was earlier allowed within one year only," it said.
The penalty on shortfall in energy matching to the minimum CUF has now been fixed at 50 per cent of the PPA tariff for the shortfall in energy terms liable to be paid by the wind power generator to the procurer, the ministry said.
Further, the penalty shall be passed on by the intermediary procurer to the end procurer after deducting the losses of intermediary procurer.
The ministry also said that in cases of early part commissioning, the procurer may purchase the generation, at full PPA tariff.
"Commissioning schedule of wind power project has been defined as 18 months from the date of execution of the PPA or PSA, whichever is later. The amendments intended not only to reduce the investment risks related to the land acquisition and CUF but also to provide incentives for early part commissioning of project. The risk of wind power developers in case of delay in signing of PSA has been mitigated by starting time-line of execution of project from date of signing of PPA or PSA, whichever is later," the statement said.
While Power and New and Renewable Minister R K Singh is optimistic on achieving 175 GW renewable energy target, several fresh reports have signaled that India is unlikely to meet the capacity targets for wind and solar power.
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