Like Enron, a tariff has now been announced for the purchase of wind energy by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) which, critics allege, does not factor in the huge state subsidies already being given to the plants. According to the September 18 order of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (merc), wind energy from subsidised plants already in operation will cost Rs 3.24 per unit and this tariff will escalate by 11 paise each year for a period of eight years from the commissioning date. This is even higher than the Rs 2.80 per unit quoted for reviving the Enron power plant at Dabhol.
Power sector experts are outraged. Says former Union home secretary Madhav Godbole, who led the review committee on Enron's Dabhol power plant: "The tariff is unjustifiable. It's even higher than the Enron tariff. It flies in the face of the logic behind setting up non-conventional energy units which should be cheaper. And why should MSEB buy from anyone but the lowest bidder? If it's forced to buy power at such uncompetitive rates, it will end up having to subsidise consumers."