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Apr 28, 2013, 09.25 PM IST | Source: PTI

Power cos must cut tariff if global prices fall: Expert

Power companies which seek hike in tariffs due to global factors should also reduce rates when international coal prices soften, an expert has said.

Power companies which seek hike in tariffs due to global factors should also reduce rates when international coal prices soften, an expert has said.

RV Shahi, former power secretary and a power-sector expert, said the compensatory tariff is a variable tariff and it should be revised both ways.

Welcoming power sector regulator CERC's order to provide a compensation package to private companies like Adani Power and Tata Power for increase in the cost of international coal, Shahi said, "CERC has recognised, if there is a change in law in Indonesia, which leads to increase in the price of coal from that country for the companies setting up thermal power projects here, they (firms) should be compensated."

"The companies, which are increasing their tariffs due to increase in price of coal from Indonesia, should also revise the tariff downwards if international prices fall."

Earlier this month, the CERC, in its order, said Adani Power should be granted compensation package for its Mundra project which would provide a cushion against the escalation in cost of imported coal for the plant.

The company had approached CERC in 2012, seeking revision in tariff from its 1,980-MW Mundra project in Gujarat saying increase in imported fuel cost.

In a similar case, CERC allowed Tata Power to increase tariff from its 4,000 MW ultra mega power project at Mundra.

The commission has asked the states which buy electricity from Tata Power's Mundra plant to form an expert panel to decide on compensating the firm for higher cost of coal imports from Indonesia.

Adani Power stock price

On September 19, 2014, Adani Power closed at Rs 51.40, down Rs 1.55, or 2.93 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 68.50 and the 52-week low was Rs 31.80.


The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 4.65 per share as per the quarter ended June 2014. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 11.05. The latest book value of the company is Rs 27.11 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 1.90.

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