Public hearing on Kochi WtE project with disappointing results

A public hearing on the future of the Brahmapuram WtE project (also known as the Kochi WtE project) has been held on 25 August and only showed little results. As reported by The Hindu, the hearing had been organised by the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) in order to end the discussion on the prices of feed-in tariffs for the energy being generated at the future WtE plant. In addition to the KSERC, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), the local body Kochi Corporation and the head of the project, GJ Eco Power, were also present. It was argued that the project costs of around USD 46 million were set too high. The parties were not able to come to a solution for this problem and the future of the project remains unclear. The Kochi WtE project is also controversial, as the land on which the new WtE facility is to be built, seems to consist of paddy land to around 25%.

Picture credit: waste bunker at WtE plant, image by ecoprog

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