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West Bengal policy on co-generation and generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy 2012

Date of issue

5 June 2012

Title of policy document

West Bengal Policy on Co-generation and Generation of Electricity from Renewable Sources of Energy, 2012

Nodal agency

West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation Limited (WBGEDCL)

Capacity target and period

240 MW from biomass and 355 MW from cogeneration by 2017

Offtake arrangement

Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)

PPA between developer and the host utility at the price determined through competitive bidding

Grid interfacing

Biomass Power Producer (BPP)

Installation of interfacing equipment (transformers, panels, kiosks, protection and metering) and their maintenance will be undertaken by the developer according to the specification and requirements of the transmission/distribution licensee. Alternatively, these works and their maintenance could be undertaken by the transmission/distribution licensee at charges to be decided by the licensee/ West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC), whenever it is set up.        

Transmission company

Maintenance of the evacuation system will be carried out by the transmission/distribution licensee at charges to be decided by the licensee/ West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC), whenever it is set up.

Time schedule/ penalty provisions

Mandatory to start project activities within six months of getting all the necessary statutory clearances.

Incentives by State Government

Grants

The various concession and incentives allowed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will ipso-facto continue to be passed by the State Government to the project developer through the State Nodal Agencies.

Demand cut exemption

Exemption of demand cut to the extent of 50% of the installed capacity assigned for captive use purpose will be allowed, subject to the regulations of the Commission.

Land allotment

Government land will be given for 30 years or the project life, whichever is less. Wasteland will be allocated and transferred to WBGEDCL, which will then lease the land to the Renewable Energy (RE) developers.

In case of private land, the developer will arrange the land through direct purchase from / suitable agreement with the land owner. RE projects may not require conversion of private /agricultural land to non-agriculture purposes subject to necessary government orders passed for these purposes.

Single window clearance

The nodal agency will clearly identify the requirements, proofs and support required by different departments, and on that basis, the nodal agency shall develop standard formats for obtaining clearances for different technologies. All these standard formats based on technology, size of project, location/region of the projects etc. shall be available from the website of the nodal agency.

Open access regulation

Any person generating electricity from cogeneration or renewable sources can opt for open access, subject to the availability of adequate transmission facility to any transmission licensee’s system within the State, on payment of various charges as specified.
Open access charges shall be payable according to the Open Access Regulations, Tariff Regulations and Cogeneration and Renewable Sources Regulations of the Commission.

Other promotional schemes

Green Energy Fund shall be created in order to finance various initiatives for the development of RE. The nodal agency shall also be responsible for managing the Green Energy Fund.
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): All risks, costs and efforts associated with the availing of carbon credits shall be borne by the generating company. Further, the entire proceeds of carbon credit from approved CDM project, if any, shall be retained by the generating company.
Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO): RPO will be as per regulations. The Commission may consider inclusion of captive consumers and open access consumers under the purview of the obligated entity.

Contact details

West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency
Bikalpa Shakti Bhawan, Plot No. J-1/10, Sector – V
EP and GP Block, Salt Lake Electronics Complex, Kolkata
Tel: 033 2357 5058, 033 2357 5348,
Fax: 033 2357 5037
Email: directorwbreda@gmail.com
Website: www.wbreda.org

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