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RE Developers are Worried of Transmission Woes

RE Developers are Worried of Transmission Woes

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RE Developers are Worried of Transmission Woes

17 May 2018

RE developers
RE developers are worried that transmission facilities are not keeping pace with power generation even as 12,000 MW of solar  projects under construction & another 7,000 MW of wind projects have been bid out since wind auctions began in February 2017. Developers expressed fear that completed projects might not be able to start functioning
because all ‘bays’ at the nearest substations are already occupied & transmission lines already carrying their full capacity at a recent meeting of developers & officials across concerned govt. agencies in Delhi. The main reason is that so far there has been no coordination b/w MNR), PGCIL & CEA, all of whose representatives were present at the meeting. SECI, under MNRE, has been merrily holding auctions for both wind & solar projects without making sure that enough  evacuation facilities are available. According
to a developer, CEA & PGCIL representatives at the first meeting claimed they had not been told that so many auctions would be held, while SECI official maintained that getting
connectivity was the developers’ problem, not the corporation’s. The problem is most acute in Gujarat where, according to one developer, over 2,000 MW of wind projects are being
built, but substations can only accommodate 400 MW, industry insiders said. Solution lies in building more substations & transmission lines, but the process will take much longer
than the time the currently under-construction projects take to get completed.

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