Karnataka WtE project tariff retained at Rs 7.28/kWh

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The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has announced it will retain the tariff for waste-to-energy projects at Rs 7.08/kWh from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

According to Mercom, the Commission had announced a tariff of Rs 7.08/kWh for WtE projects in September 2016. In August 2020, it extended the validity of the tariff until March 31, 2021.

Earlier, the KERC had commissioned a discussion paper on what the tariff should be for WtE plants in Karnataka. Based on that, it had proposed to fix a tariff of ₹5.65 per unit for a period of 20 years from the date of commercial operation of WtE plants. However, with no takers for new WtE projects in the state, it decided to fix a higher rate of Rs 7.08/kWh – which has now been extended to March 2022.

Picture Credit: Alex Marshall 2004, Clarke Energy Ltd, Mixed municipal waste, CC BY-SA 2.5

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