Business & Economy

CERC liberalises grid access for green projects

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, September 8, 2010

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has reduced to 50 MW the threshold for hydro-electric generating stations and other generating stations using renewable sources of energy for connecting to the inter-State grid.

The threshold for thermal power stations is 250 MW, and the liberalisation of the norms for green power projects is being considered an important regulatory initiative.

An official press release said another change made by the CERC was to permit connectivity to inter-State grid to such hydro generating stations and renewable energy source based stations which have individually installed capacity of less than 50 MW but approach the Central transmission utility (Powergrid) collectively with an aggregate installed capacity of 50 MW and above.

For example, two hydro generating stations having capacity of 30 MW and 20 MW can collectively seek connectivity with inter-State grid at a single connection point if they mutually agree to undertake operational and commercial responsibilities through a lead generator which can be one of these two generating stations, the release explained.

According to it, these changes have been made by CERC in view of the feedback received that State transmission utilities in many stations, particularly in North-Eastern States, are not presently in a position to extend connectively to their systems and this difficulty was hindering the development of hydro electric stations and renewable source based stations.

To implement the above decisions, CERC has amended its Grant of Grid Connectivity Regulations and the amendment has been notified, the release added.