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APERC eases norms for captive generation plants

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The guideline covers captive generation in commercial establishments such as cinema halls, auditoriums, function halls, essential services such as hospitals, software institutions, and multi-storeyed complexes.

HYDERABAD, Jan. 28

THE Andhra Pradesh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC), the independent regulator for power sector in the State, has announced relaxation of guidelines for captive generation particularly for the industrial consumers including software houses.

In an order announced late on Monday night, APERC has announced a new guideline that will be effective this year wherein captive generation will be permitted up to 1.5 times the demand for standby use freely without having to justify the critical need for capacity above 50 kVa.

After inviting the views of various stakeholders and a process of consultation, the commission has allowed captive generation for standby to grid supply and any person is allowed to have a captive generation set up to the capacity of five kVa without the commission's permission for standby use.

Further, the Commission has allowed demand permission up to 50 kVa on certain conditions to industrial category on filing necessary applications.

In exceptional cases, non-consumers will be allowed to go in for captive generation.

The guideline covers captive generation in commercial establishments such as cinema halls, auditoriums, function halls, essential services such as hospitals, software institutions, and multi-storeyed complexes to support their essential requirements for lifts, water pumping, common lighting, fire fighting equipment etc.

The guidelines, while covering consent for captive use of co-generation in Nedcap units in an island mode, also extends consent for captive consumption for plants getting supply from isolated gas wells.

Specific requests for island and parallel mode of operation, captive capacity above 1.5 times the contracted demand will be cleared on a case to case basis on merits, the regulator's order stated.

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