According to reports, Gujarat government on Thursday announced a new wind energy policy, fixing new procurement tariff and exempting wind energy from electricity duty.
The new wind energy policy got nod from the state cabinet today, state energy minister Saurabh Patel said in a statement.
Also, if the power is to be used for captive consumption in more than one unit of the wind power producer, they will have to pay Rs 0.05 per unit more besides the wheeling and transmission charges.
After captive consumption, as per the new policy, power companies can sell the remaining units to government transmission company at Rs 3.52 per unit, which is 85 per cent of the actual tariff of Rs 4.15 per unit. The power producers will also have the option to sell their wind energy to third party after paying the necessary wheeling and transmission charges.
To set up wind power generating units the government proposes to allot wasteland in interior regions of the state under the new policy.
After announcing the new policy Patel said that while non-conventional energy form 2-3 per cent of total power produced in other states, Gujarat generates 10 per cent of the total power produced in state from such non-conventional sources.
“The present installed wind power generating capacity in India was 19,000 Mw of which 3,147 Mw is produced in Gujarat itself,” Patel said. The new police has been formulated as the present policy period ends this year, he added.