The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has passed its tariff order hiking the tariff for wind power producers in the State to Rs 3.51 a unit.

Windmills installed between August 1, 2012, and July 31, 2014, will be able to sell the power they generate to the State electricity distribution company, TANGEDCO, at this tariff.

Windmills commissioned prior to May 15, 2006, shall be eligible for a tariff of Rs 2.75 a kWhr. Those commissioned between May 15, 2006, and September 18, 2008, will get Rs 2.90 per unit. Those commissioned between September 19, 2008, and July 31, 2012, will get Rs 3.39 per unit.

The Commission has not accepted the plea of many to make the tariff applicable retrospectively from April 1, 2011. The previous ‘control period’ had ended on March 31, 2011, but the period got extended thrice, and finally the new tariff order was issued on Tuesday.

mramesh@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on August 1, 2012)
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