Puja Priyadarshini

Puja Priyadarshini

Partner | New Delhi

Regulatory & Policy, Dispute Resolution, Projects Energy & Infrastructure
Enrolment No. D/1569/2009

About

Puja is a partner in the Regulatory & Policy practice group of the firm. With over 11 years of experience, she regularly appears before various forums including Electricity Regulatory Commissions, APTEL, various High Courts and the Supreme Court and has represented various major players in the power sector, including, generating companies, distribution licensees, transmission licensees, and trading licensees. She is a law graduate from ILS Law College, Pune.

Practice areas

  • Regulatory & Policy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Projects Energy & Infrastructure

Expertise

  • Regulatory and general disputes in the power sector (conventional and renewable energy)
  • Project implementation and contract management
  • Generation, distribution and trading of electricity
  • Bid advisory

Representative matters

  • Ayana Renewable, Sprng Energy and SB Energy in petitions filed before the APTEL, APERC and AP High Court to save their projects and investments in the Kadappa Solar Park (Phase-II – 750 MW) and Ananthpuramu Solar Park (Phase-II - 750 MW) in Andhra Pradesh. This included representations in petitions filed before APTEL under Section 121 of the Electricity Act, 2003 which empowers APTEL to issue such orders, instruction, directions as it may deem fit to any appropriate commission for performance of its statutory functions under the Act
  • UPPCL on a regular basis in several petitions filed by/against it. These matters involve varied issues like tariff determination and disputes under executed power purchase agreements.
  • Maithon Power in seeking an in-principle approval from the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission for the proposed expenditures towards installation of the Flue Gas Desulphurization Plant in compliance of the norms set by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climatic Change. This is the first petition of its kind which has been filed and allowed by CERC under the CERC Tariff Regulations of 2019.
  • Moser Baer Energy & Development, Sunborne Energy Gujarat One and Welspun Energy in an appeal filed by GUVNL before the Supreme Court for reduction of tariff of solar projects situated in Gujarat. GUVNL is seeking truing up of normative/generic solar tariff on the basis of actuals. HSA Advocates has successfully defended these solar developers before APTEL and GERC.
  • ReNew power, Orange Group, Ostro Energy, CLP India, Mytrah Energy, Hero Future Energies and Greenko Group, the seven renewable energy companies/groups who collectively own 19 (Nineteen) wind power projects in the State of Rajasthan before the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission in relation to the common issue of ‘forced backing down of generation’ despite having a status of ‘Must Run’ plant

Publications & recognitions

  • “Renegotiating power purchase agreements for renewable energy projects” – Legally India
  • “The answer is blowing in the wind, is it?” – EPR Magazine & Moneycontrol.com