Dis­com seeks to boost green bus in­fra

Tata Power Delhi Writes To Govt To Build Four Charg­ing Sta­tions For E-Ve­hi­cles

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New Delhi: Tata Power Delhi has sent a pro­posal to the Delhi gov­ern­ment to join hands in de­ploy­ment of elec­tric buses by con­tribut­ing in set­ting up charg­ing sta­tions for elec­tric ve­hi­cles (EV).

The dis­com, op­er­at­ing in north Delhi, has writ­ten to trans­port min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot ex­press­ing its in­ten­tion to in­vest for charg­ing sta­tions as part of its cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture — funds used by a com­pany to ac­quire, up­grade and main­tain phys­i­cal as­sets. The dis­com has also re­quested the gov­ern­ment to di­rect Delhi Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (DERC) to al­low it to pass on the cost in its tar­iff.

In the ini­tial phase, Tata Po- wer Delhi said, it wants to set up EV charg­ing sta­tions at four bus de­pots — Bawana, Narela, Bu­rari and Ro­hini Sec­tor 37— in its li­censed area. “The ex­ist­ing elec­tric net­work will also have to be aug­mented to meet the de­mand of new charg­ing sta­tions,” said an of­fi­cial.

The cost of strength­en­ing as well as de­vel­op­ing the in­fra­struc­ture will be around Rs 172 crore, in­clud­ing around Rs 100 crore re­quired for EV charg­ers and the as­so­ci­ated civil and elec­tri­cal work.

The increase in an­nual rev­enue re­quire­ment (ARR) due to capex in­vest­ment will be around Rs 20 crore in the first year af­ter the de­ploy­ment of the project, which will grad­u­ally re­duce. “With so­cial­i­sa­tion of the ad­di­tional capex MEET­ING DE­MAND: The dis­com has asked the gov­ern­ment to di­rect DERC to al­low it to pass on the cost in its tar­iff. The hike, it says, will be neg­li­gi­ble

over the en­tire con­sumer base of Tata Power Delhi, the per unit im­pact on tar­iff will be neg­li­gi­ble,’’ said a dis­com of­fi­cial.

Ac­cord­ing to the dis­com, its avail­able sur­plus power can be utilised for charg­ing e-ve­hi­cles. “Due to long-term power pur­cha- se agree­ments (PPA) with var­i­ous power gen­er­at­ing sta­tions across In­dia, Tata Power Delhi re­mains in sur­plus power sit­u­a­tion al­most through­out the year,” he added. “The dis­com sells it off in the short-term mar­ket at rates be­low PPAs. This can now be used for charg­ing elec­tric buses.”

Charg­ing 879 elec­tric buses will re­quire more than 50 MUs of elec­tric­ity ev­ery year. This will also bring down the sur­plus power loss by Rs 12-15 crore in the first year, which will come down fur­ther with more elec­tric buses and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of charg­ing sta­tions.

“The re­duc­tion in loss due to util­i­sa­tion of sur­plus power will ul­ti­mately lead to net re­duc­tion in ARR, re­sult­ing in lower retail tar­iff for Del­hi­ites,” said the of­fi­cial.

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