The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved a tariff of Rs 2.52 per kWh proposed by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) for procuring 250 MW of wind power on a short-term basis to fulfil its non-solar renewable purchase obligations (RPO).
The changes proposed by MSEDCL and approved by MERC, considering the wind bidding guidelines issued by Ministry of Power in December 2017, are:
- Existing as well as proposed intra-state wind power projects having minimum capacities of 1 MW and to be commissioned on or before March 31, 2019 will be eligible to participate in MSEDCL’s proposed tender.
- The selected projects would need to maintain a minimum capacity utilization factor (CUF) of 17 per cent.
- The power purchase agreement (PPA) will be signed for a period of 8 years from the date its execution.
- Repowering of wind turbines will be allowed after taking due approvals from MSEDCL and after a period of 6 months from the execution of the PPA.