The Appellate Tribunal For Electricity (APTEL) has directed the Chairperson of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) to hear the plea of Adani Group firms over ‘backdown’ instructions in the State. Backdown refers to unplugging of solar power from the State grid to ensure grid stability. Tamil Nadu houses the 648 MW Adani’s solar power plant, which the company claims to be the largest project in a single location.
Last year, three Adani Group firms — Kamuthi Renewable Energy Ltd, Ramnad Solar Power Ltd and Adani Green Energy (Tamil Nadu) Ltd. — had moved TNERC over backdown of solar power and sought compensation for the losses suffered due to backing down instructions. TNERC had turned down the plea saying it was a dispute between the firm and the generating companies. The order signed by its Secretary and two other officers said that the issue could only be classified as a dispute resolution petition and could not be entertained as a miscellaneous petition.
‘No opinion on merits’
Following this, the Adani Group firms moved APTEL against the State regulator order. In an order dated May 16, APTEL directed the Chairperson of the State Commission to hear Adani firms’ plea and pass appropriate orders.
“The entire exercise be conducted within a period of two months from the date of receipt of this order. We have not expressed any opinion on the merits of the case,” Justice Ranjana P. Desai, Chairperson and I.J. Kapoor, Technical Member of APTEL said in their order.