In its order, the Commission said that the auction discovered rate of ₹2.80 ($0.039)/kWh was allowed to be adopted for 1,000 MW of wind projects initially floated by the Gujarat-based distribution company (DISCOM) on March 1, 2019
January 14, 2020. By Darshana Daga
The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.80 ($0.039)/kWh for 202.6 MW of power from grid-connected wind power projects in Gujarat.
In its order, the Commission said that the auction discovered rate of ₹2.80 ($0.039)/kWh was allowed to be adopted for 1,000 MW of wind projects initially floated by the Gujarat-based distribution company (DISCOM) on March 1, 2019.
It received bids from eight bidders for an aggregate capacity of 931.4 MW, of which 80%, or 745 MW, were eligible for an e-reverse auctioning. Also, the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) had received a bid for 12 MW from one central public sector undertaking (CPSU) – SJVN Limited, a government-owned hydropower generator.
The final tariffs discovered at the end of the auction ranged from ₹2.80 ($0.039)/kWh to ₹2.95 ($0,041)/kWh. Citing the wide gap between the lowest bid (L1) and the highest (H1), the DISCOM asked all the successful bidders to match the L1 tariff of ₹2.80 ($0.039)/kWh which was offered by Anish Power Projects Private Limited.Only two bidders, Powerica Limited and Vena Energy Shivalik Wind Power Private Limited agreed to match the L1 tariff. Following this, power purchase agreements (PPA) were executed with all four selected bidders for a total capacity of 202.6 MW. This included 12 MW of power awarded to SJVN Limited at a tariff of ₹2.43 ($0.034)/kWh, the L1 tariff discovered in GUVNL’s previous tender for 500 MW of wind power.
The CPSU was allowed the lower rate because it had requested for the early execution of the PPA to prevent revenue loss from non-operationalization of the project while it waited for the tendering process to be finalized by the GUVNL.
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