Central Electricity Regulatory Commission to fix provisional tariff hike

Most projects have not placed orders for the equipment

Power regulator, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, CERC, Electricity tariff, Power plants, Emission control equipment, Power companies, Retrofitting power equipment, Uninterrupted power supply, Installation of FGD, Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB, New emission norms

The power regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) will draw out a mechanism to determine provisional increase in electricity tariff from power plants that install emission control equipment, in some relief to power companies and lenders.

However, lenders and power companies have said that most projects have not placed orders for the equipment and hence it was not possible for them to complete retrofitting these equipment by 2022.

In order to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the country, a phased implementation plan for installation of FGD in plants for a capacity of 1,61,402 MW and upgradation of 64,425 MW plants by 2022 was prepared by the Central Electricity Authority in consultation with stakeholders.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has said that projects which fail to comply with the new emission norms by the specified deadlines would be considered non-complying and be liable for penal action, including closure of the plant and imposition of environmental compensation.

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