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CURRENT STATE OF DISCOM FINANCES

  • What has been the performance of discoms on cost coverage, tariffs and profitability at an aggregate level?
  • What has been the impact of the UDAY scheme on their operational and financial performance so far?
  • How has the credit rating of discoms evolved? What is the near- and long-term outlook?

IMPACT OF BUYING RENEWABLE ENERGY ON DISCOM FINANCES

  • What is the actual cost of purchasing renewable energy for discoms? How has it changed over time?
  • What are the hidden elements of the cost that do not get reflected in the tariff?
  • How does this cost compare with that of thermal power? What is the future outlook?
ADDRESSING DISCOM OFFTAKE AND PPA RISKS UNDER THE NEW COMPETITIVE BIDDING GUIDELINES
  • What are the key features of the new competitive bidding guidelines for wind and solar power projects?
  • How do these address the discom offtake risks and ensure the enforcement of PPAs?
  •  What are the features that may be added to these norms to safeguard developer and discom interests?

PPA STRUCTURES: KEY RISKS AND CONSIDERATIONS FOR RENEWABLE
ENERGY PROJECTS

  • What are the key risks/legal considerations in the PPAs signed by discoms (delays,termination, penalties, etc.)?
  • What has been the experience so far with PPAs signed by discoms across states?
  •  How can the risks be properly mitigated?

EXPERIENCE WITH OLDER PPAs

  • How many of the old PPAs with higher tariffs have been challenged by discoms?
  • What has been the outcome?
  • What are the lessons and what steps can be taken to address the issues going forward?

POWER DEMAND AND SUPPLY OUTLOOK

  •  What is the actual power supply and demand situation across states? What is the emerging energy mix?
  • What is the impact of the power surplus situation on renewable energy procurement?
  • What is the near- and long-term outlook for power demand and supply?

ALTERNATIVE POWER SALE OPTIONS: THIRD-PARTY PPAS, OPEN ACCESS
AND OPEN MARKET SALE

  • What have been the key trends in third-party PPAs and open market sale of renewable energy?
  • How do these compare with discom-based PPAs? What is the outlook for these alternatives?
  • What is the current status of open access for renewable energy across states? What are the key issues?

REGULATORS’ PERSPECTIVE

  •  What is the perspective of regulators on the current state of the renewable energy sector?
  • What are the steps being taken for addressing the issues pertaining to grid curtailment and PPA enforcement?
  •  What is the outlook for the segment? What will be the key focus areas?

CUSTOMER PERSPECTIVE: BUILDIINGS AND REAL ESTATE

  • What is the demand for steel from the buildings/real estate sector?
  • What are the key innovations and best practices?
  • What are the key issues and challenges?

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE: RENEGOTIATION OF PPA TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • What is the industry’s perspective on the recent instances of discoms asking for PPA and tariff renegotiations?
  • What has been the industry’s experience of dealing with discoms for timely payments, grid curtailment, etc.?
  •  What steps need to be taken to address these issues?

GRID CURTAILMENT

  •  What are the key reasons for grid curtailment for renewable energy projects?
  • What is the likely impact of withdrawing the "must run" status for renewable energy projects?
  •  How can the issue of grid curtailment be addressed? What is the status of implementation of scheduling norms?
MERIT ORDER DESPATCH
  • What has been the impact of the decline in solar and wind tariffs on the merit order despatch of renewables?
  • What steps need to be taken to increase transparency in merit order operations and promotion of renewables?
  •  What are the key issues pertaining to merit despatch and what is the way forward?
 
       
 
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