The petitioner is a company that generates wind energy. The company's windmill was commissioned in 2003 and had an expected lifespan of 20 years. However, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has recognized a 25-year lifespan for wind energy generators.
The petitioner has applied to renew its energy wheeling agreement with TANGEDCO, which is the state-owned electricity company in Tamil Nadu. However, the agreement has not been renewed yet. The petitioner is concerned that TANGEDCO may not give credit for the energy that it uses and may also insist on paying only 75% of the tariff at the end of the financial year.
The court has found that the petitioner has a strong case and has ordered TANGEDCO to give adjustment of wind energy generated from the petitioner's windmill from March/2023 onwards. The court has also directed TANGEDCO not to stop wheeling the energy which the petitioner generates and to provide an account statement that discloses how the energy is spent at the consumer end.
In short, the court has ruled in favour of the petitioner and has ordered TANGEDCO to treat the petitioner's windmill as if it has a lifespan of 25 years. This means that TANGEDCO must give credit for the energy that the petitioner uses and must pay the full tariff at the end of the financial year.