The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories has announced that it has issued draft regulations for determining tariffs from renewable sources including solar. JERC follows up after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Bihar to issue renewable energy tariff order for the financial year 2019
The tariff regulation once implemented will be applicable for the state of Goa and the Union Territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Puducherry. And, in all cases where tariff for renewable energy power generating station commissioned during the control period and based on renewable sources of energy is to be determined by the JERC. The draft is currently up for comments and suggestions from stakeholders up to June 4, 2019.
The draft order has specified that the tariff period for wind, solar photovoltaic and solar thermal will be 25 years, and for biomass with Rankine cycle technology, municipal solid waste, refuse-derived fuel, biomass gasifier project, biogas projects and cold plasma projects, the tariff period will be 20 years. Moreover, for small hydro and tidal energy, the tariff period will be 35 years.
For renewable energy technologies, for which generic tariff is determined by the JERC, the distribution DISCOM can procure power from projects either at the generic tariff approved by the commission or through the competitive bidding process. In case the DISCOM opts to procure electricity from renewable energy projects through a competitive bidding process, the generic tariff will act as the ceiling tariff.
All renewable energy power projects will be treated as “must run” and the procurement of power from such projects will not be subjected to ‘merit order dispatch’ principles. In case the payment of any bill payable under these regulations is delayed beyond a period of 60 days from the date of receipt of a bill, a late payment surcharge at the rate of 1.25% per month will be levied by the generating company.
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