CESC, the privately owned discom and power generator that is entrusted with managing power for the city of Kolkata in West Bengal, has advertised for its April to October renewable purchase requirements. RPO’s are considered key to driving demand for solar power, enabling the sector’s expansion. In fact, even as CESC has advertised for its requirements, solar projects worth over 10 GW await PPA’s with state discoms simply not stepping up to sign those with either SECI or other agencies.
Owned by the RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, the utility discom has kept options open for power sourcing from West Bengal or outside it. No surprise, considering the limited solar power capacity in West Bengal, especially at utility scale. CESC itself has three coal fired generating plants, with a total capacity of 1225 MW. Vintage varying from Titagarh (1982) to Budge Budge (1997)
Key points include the delivery point to be in West Bengal state periphery/ Interconnection of the Project with WBSETCL. Tariff to be quoted at Delivery Point. Minimum quantum at least 5.0 MW. All Open Access charges upto and beyond the Delivery Point shall be on the Seller and CESC resp. Power can be scheduled on Day Ahead or Firm based on availability and requirement of the parties. The RE power shall be scheduled in weekdays in 08:00 to 18:00 hrs and on Sundays & Holidays in 12:00 to 18:00 hrs. Requirements are lower on holidays.
The call for renewable power from such discoms, that happen to be profitable and well run, would be a welcome support for the renewable energy producers, as well as trading markets in green power.