NTDC Challenges NEPRA’s Orders on a 27-year Expansion Plan

ISLAMABAD: The government-owned National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) has challenged some directives of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), saying it limits the scope for bidding at the lowest rates. Will happen and the country will be pushed towards another ‘capability trap’.

NTDC believes that “considering these guidelines, the size of the projects will be further increased and thus the low-cost principle of Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP 2020-47) will be affected.”

NTDC of the power division, which is also the power system operator, wrote on the record that several proposals of the power regulator contradicted the government’s policy directives and decisions, including the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) a few months ago. Including decisions. He said that some regulatory orders have been found to be against the rules and regulations.

The NTDC also rejected NEPRA’s directive by the provincial governments to include some of the projects that have completed the IGCEP feasibility.

The NTDC said that the provinces’ plans to increase production capacity without adapting to the national demand forecast would create a capacity trap and likely reduce power prices on short, medium, and long term basis. The government’s current focus on doing so will diminish.

The system operator also rejected NEPRA’s orders to consider renewable energy projects in the 27-year expansion plan, for which it issued generation licenses prior to the new notification of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy (AREP 2020). Were

Citing the CCOE’s decision of April 4, 2019, NTDC said that all new renewable energy projects (for which LOLs have been issued but NEPRA at the time of CCOE’s decision) Will be allowed to take steps to succeed in the competitive bidding process initiated by the Alternative Energy Development Board.

“Therefore, this instruction by NEPRA to include specific category 3 projects in the promised projects seems to contradict the decision of the CCOE,” he said.

The NTC said that NEPRA’s orders to include specific projects instead of suspending projects earmarked for renewable projects could not be upheld if they were against the CCOE’s decision as the decision included ARE. ISLAMABAD: The government-owned National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) has challenged some directives of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). He said that this would limit the scope for bidding at the lowest rates and push the country towards another ‘capacity trap’.

NTDC believes that “considering these guidelines, the size of the projects will be further increased and thus the low-cost principle of the Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP 2020-47) will be affected.”

NTDC of the power division, which is also the power system operator, wrote on the record that several proposals of the power regulator contradicted the government’s policy directives and decisions, including the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCOE) a few months ago. Including decisions. He said that some regulatory orders have been found to be against the rules and regulations.

The NTDC also rejected NEPRA’s directive by the provincial governments to include some of the projects that have completed the IGCEP feasibility.

The NTDC said that the plans of the provinces to increase production capacity without adapting to the national demand forecast would create a capacity trap and possibly reduce electricity prices on short, medium and long term basis. The government’s current focus on doing so will diminish.

The system operator also rejected NEPRA’s orders to consider renewable energy projects in the 27-year expansion plan, for which it issued generation licenses prior to the new notification of the Alternative and Renewable Energy Policy (AREP 2020) were Citing the CCOE’s decision of April 4, 2019, NTDC said that all new renewable energy projects (for which LOLs have been issued but NEPRA at the time of CCOE’s decision) Will be allowed to take steps to succeed in the competitive bidding process initiated by the Alternative Energy Development Board.

“Therefore, this instruction by NEPRA to include specific category 3 projects in the promised projects seems to contradict the decision of the CCOE.”

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