Will the wind mills, whose project cost has been paid fully by state’s consumers, be allowed to sell electricity at higher rates in the open market?
The state power ministry has objected to the Maharashtra electricity regulatory commission’s (MERC) nod to around 40 wind mills to sell their power in the open market at a higher tariff of over Rs 6 per unit. State’s power consumers have paid over Rs 300 crore through tariff towards these mills.
Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, while replying to a query from legislators, said the state signed agreements with these mills eight years ago and helped them recover their capital expenditure from consumersto promote renewable energy in the state. These mills supply around 80 MW power to the state.
“These wind mill generators should supply power to consumers at the lowest tariff of Rs 1.50 per unit as people have made them economically viable and profit-making. Any new tariff would be a sheer profit for these mills as their maintenance cost is minimal,” said a senior state power ministry official.
MERC sources said the hiked rates have been offered to these mills according to the Centre’s plan for climate change.