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Wind power producers hopeful of tariff hike in Andhra Pradesh, India

According to reports, a statement by the Chairman of the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission at a recent hearing to the effect that the Commission would consider raising the wind power tariff provided there were petitions seeking a hike, has raised hopes among the wind power developers. A stream of petitions has landed in the Commission’s office, it is learnt.

Andhra Pradesh is now in the reckoning as among the more windy States, thanks to a recent assessment of the Centre for Wind Energy Technology. C-WET has said that if you put up wind turbines at a height of 80 metres, there are enough sites in the State to generate 14,500 MW. The wind power tariff today is Rs 3.60 a unit, which is “unappealing”. Wind energy players say that going by the guidelines for tariff determination announced recently by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, the minimum tariff anywhere in the country for wind power works out to Rs 4.78 a unit.

But renewable energy companies are not too happy with Andhra Pradesh. The State, for instance, is yet to announce its ‘renewable purchase obligation’ rules and the definition of ‘average pooled purchase cost’.

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