The Ministry of Power has approved 23 new Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) projects with an estimated cost of Rs 15,893 crore.
The new ISTS projects comprise 13 projects with an estimated cost of Rs 14,766 to be developed under Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) and ten projects with an estimated cost of Rs 1,127 crore to be developed under Regulated Tariff Mechanism (RTM).
The new transmission projects would facilitate evacuation systems for 14 GW of renewable energy (RE) projects in Rajasthan, 4.5 GW of RE projects in Gujarat, 1 GW Neemuch Solar Park, Madhya Pradesh and feeding areas near Akhnoor and Jammu region by establishing Siot Substation in Jammu.
“These projects were approved after examining the recommendations of the National Committee on Transmission and in accordance with the National Tariff Policy 2016, notified by the Central Government, which provides that ISTS project is developed through TBCB, except for certain category projects, which are strategic, technical-upgradation or time-bound in nature,” the Ministry of Power said.
The above transmission network expansion would augment seamless transfer of power from power surplus regions to power deficit regions and thus optimize the use of generation resources and meet the demands of end consumers without any transmission constraints. It would assist the growth of renewable energy-based capacity.
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