The Powernomics of GST
Finally, Goods and Services Tax (GST) has arrived on July 1, 2017, and the first batch of filing of monthly returns is underway in August 2017. Like any other changeover, GST is also facing its initial pangs.
Positive for coal, marginally negative for solar, wind
In terms of impact of GST on the power sector, it is a mixed bag with the effect being positive for some and marginally negative for others. The reduction in tax rate on domestic coal will provide a relief to coal based power plants in the cost of power generation even after accounting for an increase in capital cost (due to higher tax rates in boiler, turbine, generator segment).