RK Singh Meets IPPs; Assures to Resolve Issues

Singh said that their concerns would be examined into and assured them of suitable action in consultation with concerned departments to strengthen the power sector.

power minister RK SIngh

The Union Power Minister R K Singh has met with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and discussed about the issues faced by them. He assured IPPs to find out possible solutions.

In the meeting, the issue of recent RBI circular, which lays down stringent provisioning norms on default of even one day in payment to the lenders, was raised by IPPs prominently, particularly in the context of delay in payment by DISCOMs including non-payment of Late Payment Surcharge (LPS).

Some of the IPPs raised concerns about delay in disposal of tariff petitions by Regulators regarding compensatory tariff for increase in taxes, duties, cess etc levied by Government.

They also mentioned that escalation index of CERC does not reflect the actual increase in coal prices and requested CERC to make a separate index for power sector.

The meeting discussed the issues related to coal supply in detail. IPPs also brought up the issue related to implementation of new environmental norms and requested for early clarification regarding pass-through of the consequential increase in the cost of generation.

They also raised the issue of financing of the capital costs for the new equipments to meet the norms.

The Minster recognised the important role played by IPPs in capacity addition and addressing power shortage in the country.

Singh said that their concerns would be examined into and assured them of suitable action in consultation with concerned departments to strengthen the power sector.

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Manu Tayal

Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.

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