Power mantra: Blend thermal with solar plants

Developers of new coal-based power plants will have to set up renewable power units amounting to 10% of the total capacity, as the government integrated its commitment to reduce the emission intensity of the gross domestic product in a new tariff policy announced earlier this week.

While the new thermal power units, for whom the new norm will be mandatory, will have their tariffs decided factoring in the (usually high) cost of renewable energy, developers of existing coal-based units will be allowed to transmit the additional cost to the consumers if they add generation facilities based on benign, non-conventional sources like solar energy and wind.

Additionally, to the extent of the renewable capacity, the developers will be given relief from inter-state transmission charges for a specified period.


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Amit Antil

After doing Power Management (MBA) from National Power Training Institute (NPTI), Amit Antil is now presently working with Today Green Energy Pvt. Ltd. and looking after business development activities for Solar. Earlier he was associated with leading power trading company Global Energy for 3 years. He has a sound knowledge about bidding, power trading, open access, REC trading, Govt. Liaisoning, Contract Negotiation, Power Purchase Agreement.

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