J. Sagar Associates (JSA) successfully represented UltraTech Cement Ltd. (“UTCL”) before Ld. Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission in obtaining a relief that the power consumed from waste to heat recovery system (“WHRS”) based cogeneration plants has to be treated at par with consumption of electricity from renewable energy sources. Consequently, Ld. APERC has, for the first time, has held that that the consumption of electricity from a WHRS is eligible for twin benefits i.e. (a) for exemption from renewable purchase obligation (“RPO”); and (b) set off against the RPO requirement for consumption of power from conventional sources. RPO is a dispensation under the Electricity Act, 2003 whereby certain entities consuming energy (other than the area distribution licensees) from conventional fossil fuel sources are mandated to purchase a percentage of their requirement from renewable energy sources. This can be either through direct purchases or by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates.
Ld. APERC’s Order will provide a major relief (qua RPO compliance) to various manufacturing units across cement, metal and chemical industries, which are round the clock manufacturing processes consuming a large quantum of power.
UTCL was represented by JSA Team comprising Joint Managing Partner – Amit Kapur; Partners – Abhishek Munot and Kunal Kaul; and Associate – Samikrith Rao.
JSA Team comprised of Joint Managing Partner – Amit Kapur; Partners – Abhishek Munot and Kunal Kaul; and Associate – Samikrith Rao.