HC puts Gujarat wind power auction on hold
The Gujarat High Court has passed an interim order restraining the state from holding its first wind energy auction scheduled for November 1. The court acted in response to a petition by Indian Wind Energy Association, which said the Gujarat State Electricity Commission’s permission to hold the auction was contrary to law because the Centre has not issued guidelines for the sale of state wind projects.
The state distribution company, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd., has been stopped from going ahead with the auction until the matter is disposed of. The next hearing is scheduled for October 30. “It is clarified that no further orders approving the bidding process… shall be passed by the commission, pending the present petition,” the court said.
The association said guidelines governing wind auctions by states had not yet been announced by the Centre, as required by the Electricity Act, 2003. The auction of 500 MW of wind projects in Gujarat was originally slotted in mid-July and was delayed for various reasons. The GERC was ambivalent about giving permission for the sale before sanctioning it on October 6.