• Three firms move GERC for fixing tariff for energy to waste conversion

    At least three firms already moved a petition in Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) for approval of a tariff of Rs 7 per unit for generate energy from water.

    The three firms that have moved GERC have expressed their willingness to generate around 48 MW of power from the nearly 3000 odd metric tons waste of Ahmedabad city. Pravin Patel, chairman, standing committee said, “The AMC has entered into contract with three firms and each firm will generate 1000 MT of garbage into 16 MW. These firms will gradually increase the capacity and will utilize around 1200 MT of garbage.”

    Patel said that as per the centre government policy, the power will be purchased at Rs 7 per unit and the centre government will give subsidy for the same. He said that the state government has already adopted the policy as the same has been formed by the centre government. The AMC will not incur any burden for setting up this power generation units.

    He said that the three units have moved GERC for getting the tariff fixed. Meanwhile, Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has also initiated the process for determining tariff for procurement of power by distribution licensees and others from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) based power projects.

    The power regulator has proposed a gross tariff of Rs 7.30 per unit for Pelletization or Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) technology-based power projects and Rs 7.25/unit for projects using incineration technology. Sources said that GERC is yet to come out with the final order on the tariffs.

    As per the state government’s Waste to Energy Policy-2016, Gujarat has the potential to generate approximately 100 MW of power from solid waste. The potential has been assessed for 8 municipal corporations and 162 municipalities.

    Under the Waste to Energy Policy-2016, the policy is aimed at reducing pollution caused by untreated solid waste. Under the policy, Urban Local Bodies (ULBs), such as municipal corporations, will provide land on lease at a token rate of Rs 1 to business entities who wish to set up their solid waste-based power generations units. Brett Connolly Authentic Jersey

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