In a letter to its chief engineer, the Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (APTRANSCO) has instructed the removal of “irregular connections and loads” from wind energy projects.
According to APTRANSCO, after examining a security and vigilance report, it was found that there was an excess capacity of wind generators in the state. APTRANSCO claims that the approvals were given for projects of a capacity of 2,193 MW against the sanctioned capacity of 2,095 MW at the 400 kV Uravakonda substation. The letter also contains a list of wind projects installed in Andhra Pradesh which had temporary and permanent approvals from APTRANSCO.
Further, the letter has also instructed the chief engineer to remove temporary connections and additional loads as per the vigilance and security report.
Since July 2019, solar and wind energy developers in Andhra Pradesh have been suffering due to the state government’s decision to renegotiate tariffs for signed power purchase agreements. The state has also not been compensating developers for the electricity generated by their projects. This latest development adds to the numerous flip flops by the Andhra Pradesh government over the last three months.
Last month, the state announced that it would only target power purchase agreements of corrupt wind power developers.
Recently, the Andhra Pradesh High Court heard arguments from legal representatives of the state government and developers in the matter of the state government’s attempt to renegotiate tariffs for power purchase agreements signed between distribution companies and renewable energy developers. In the hearing, the advocate general representing the DISCOMs had submitted that they did not intend to terminate power purchase agreements signed by wind and solar energy developers in the state.
In July 2019, Mercom reported on how the state’s decision to renegotiate solar and wind PPAs was setting a bad precedent for the renewable energy industry.
Shaurya is a staff reporter at MercomIndia.com with experience working in the Indian solar energy industry for the past four years in various roles. Prior to joining Mercom, Shaurya worked with a renewable energy developer and a consulting company. Shaurya holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.