CERC Grants License for Evacuation of 1 GW Renewable Energy in Madhya Pradesh

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has directed that a transmission license be granted to Pachora Power Transmission to establish the Transmission System for Evacuation of Power from RE Projects in Rajgarh (1,000 MW) SEZ in Madhya Pradesh-Phase II.

Background

Pachora Power Transmission had requested a transmission license to establish a transmission system for evacuating power from renewable energy projects in the Rajgarh SEZ (1,000 MW) in Madhya Pradesh, Phase II.

In the competitive bidding conducted by REC Power Development & Consultancy (RECPDCL), GR Infraprojects emerged as the successful bidder with the lowest annual transmission charges of ₹419.74 million (~$5.03 million).

GR Infraprojects then acquired Pachora Power Transmission in February 2024

Commission’s Analysis

In a recent order, the Commission allowed Pachora Power Transmission’s petition for a transmission license.

The Central Transmission Utility of India (CTUIL) also recommended granting the petitioner a transmission license.

The Commission found that the petitioner meets the transmission license regulations.

The grant of the 25-year transmission license is subject to the following conditions:

CTUIL, its appointed independent engineer, and the Central Electricity Authority will monitor the project’s execution and report any lapses by the licensee to the Commission for appropriate action.

Earlier this year, the CERC had directed the elimination of manual entries of bids and cancellation/modification of bids outside of trading hours, citing multiple violations.

Previously, it had ordered all power exchanges to redesign their bidding software to allow members to quote prices within a specified range for different types of contracts.

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