Central panel to look into whether Andhra curtailed renewable power

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has directed the central new and renewable energy ministry to form an expert committee to look into whether the Andhra government has been curtailing wind and solar power in the state.

The committee will comprise of technical experts from Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and Power System Operation Corporation (Posoco), the court said while hearing contempt of court petitions filed by renewable energy developers against state authorities.

“The state government cannot give direction to the discoms or to the generators to curtail electricity generation, because the price is high,” the court said in its order issued on January 27.

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“We are of the considered opinion that the Power System Operation Corporation Ltd, which is an independent central agency, must ascertain the reason of curtailment undertaken by Andhra Pradesh State Load Despatch Centre (APSLDC) from the petitioners is in terms, or in contravention of the extant laws, regulations and policies in the context of ‘must run status’ granted to them being solar and wind power generator, and to submit the report of that.”

The report will have to be sent to the court within four weeks, it said.

“This is a positive development,” said Sunil Jain, CEO of Hero Future Energies. “We strongly believe that the Andhra Pradesh government will now restrain from curtailing power.”

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All the large renewable energy developers had filed contempt petitions before the High Court, alleging that distribution companies in the state have not followed the court’s direction in September last year asking them not to curtail renewable power.

“During the pendency of the petitions, the respondents cannot use the tactics by way of curtailment until a price so agreed by a contract is settled by law,” the High Court order said.

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