In a first, power users in the state have the option to go for 100% renewable energy supply by paying an extra 66 paise a unit for ‘green power tariff’ which was approved by MERC this week.
MERC’s order said all users (extra high voltage, high voltage and low voltage) will be eligible to opt for 100% renewable energy (RE).
A power company official said even low-tension residential users can opt for green energy at extra cost. The order will be applicable to Tata Power, Adani Electricity, BEST and MSEDCL supply areas, the official said.
“Green Power Tariff being totally voluntary in nature will give choice to consumers to opt for green energy. The extra charge to procure RE being charged from specific consumers would not increase the cost to be borne by other consumers who are obtaining from thermal sources,” the order said. The distribution licensee will have to enter into a separate contract to buy RE specifically to meet the energy requirement of such users and issue a certificate to such consumers.
A Tata Power official said: “Some corporate consumers have approached Tata Power to become ‘zero carbon company’ and meet their requirement of 100% green energy.”