11.11.17 Andhra Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs



  • New wind energy projects may have to pay wheeling charges


  • The State government is seriously thinking of doing away with the exemption of wheeling charges for future wind power projects. The State made a significant capacity addition of 3,000-plus Megawatts (MW) in the last two years.


  • The Wind Power Policy (WPP) – 2015-20 envisaged complete exemption from transmission and distribution charges for wheeling of wind power for captive use or third party sale within the State.


  • The idea is to make the wind power producers pay the charges on the premise that the government no longer needs to forego the revenue after it became an attractive market where the upcoming projects can put up with the lack of the exemption having secured a steady revenue stream in spite of low tariffs.


  • The exemption is for 10 years from the date of commissioning but not for evacuating for sale outside the State.



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