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IEX surges as power ministry seeks to remove cap on high-price market segment

In April, the power sector regulator had imposed a cap of Rs 12 a unit on power sold in the day ahead market of power exchanges. A new consulting paper by the power ministry seeks to do away with the price cap

Mumbai / August 02, 2022 / 11:39 AM IST
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Shares of the Indian Energy Exchange rose sharply on August 2 after the power ministry released draft guidelines, seeking to remove a cap on the high-price market segment of power exchanges.

In April, the sector regulator had imposed a cap of Rs 12 per unit on the electricity sold in the high-price power segment in the day ahead market. The cap was imposed to limit the increase in spot power prices.

A new consulting paper by the power ministry, however, has sought to remove the price cap to allow power generators whose variable costs exceed Rs 12 a unit to participate in the power exchanges.

The government has proposed the introduction of a high-price market where sellers with costs greater than Rs 12 a unit will be allowed to sell in this segment. A no objection certificate will be provided to such power sellers on a bi-annual basis.

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“This will enable high-cost power plant to be made available during the high demand period,” the power ministry paper said.

The ministry said only buyers who are in a deficit of their power demand and can afford to pay a higher price will be able to participate in the high- price segment of the power exchanges.

If formalised, the move will boost trading volumes and transactions fee for a power exchange like the Indian Energy Exchange. The price cap on spot power traded on IEX had been one of the biggest limiting factors for the exchange as it kept several high-cost suppliers out of the market.

At 11.30 am, shares of the Indian Energy Exchange were up 1.3 percent at Rs 168.9 on the National Stock Exchange.

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first published: Aug 2, 2022 11:38 am