REC Trade Results October 2015

The demand response for REC’s saw good momentum in the October’s trading session. The total no. of Non Solar REC’s and Solar REC’s traded in this month were 13% and 28% higher than the trading session of September. The total transaction value of REC’s hit a sum total of 365 Million INR with over 2.25 Lacs RECs sold this session.

Analysis of Trading:

Non Solar – The clearing ratio stood at 0.94% and 2.24% in IEX and PXIL respectively for Non Solar REC’s. A total of 211442 RECs were redeemed in this trading session which was 13.16% higher than the REC’s sold in the previous month i.e 183599 Non Solar REC’sDemand at PXIL picked up significantly compared to previous months.                                                                   

Solar – The clearing ratio for Solar stood at 0.54% and 0.33% in IEX and PXIL respectively. A total of 13851 REC’s were sold in this session which was 27.65 % higher than the REC’s sold in September  i.e 10020 Solar REC’s.

The surge in the REC’s demand clearly indicates the increase of focus on the RPO regulations from both the obligators and the regulators.  As many states in the recent past, via orders, have strictly stated that the obligated entities will have to comply with the RPO targets, it is expected that the REC demand will pick up pace in the near future.

The September’s trade result can be accessed here.

Five More States to Kick Start Power Sector Reforms

In addition to Meghalaya, Goa and Uttarakhand, five more states would be signing a joint statement of reforms with the Central Government in order to enable 24×7 power supplies to consumers. The states Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam are set to take up the government’s “Power for All” programme. Maharashtra is also trying to achieve the impetus to take up the programme. As the Center is pursuing states to cut their losses and by hiking tariff and raising funds from the market, the states would be hiking their tariffs as follows:-

Among these big states only Andhra Pradesh doesn’t require any raise in the tariff, as it is not burdened with any financial losses unlike the rest of the states. The following graph depicts the financial losses incurred and the funds required by the states to cover up their losses, with Rajasthan being the state with highest financial losses and Assam being the least.

The above update has been taken from Business Standard’s article published on 19th October, 2015 which can be accessed here.

Our previous blog on power sector reforms can be accessed here.

OERC Draft DSM Regulations 2015

In order to maintain grid discipline and grid security as envisaged under the Indian Electricity Grid Code and Orissa Grid Code, Orissa released its first draft Deviation Settlement Mechanism Regulations on 23rd September 2015.

The Regulations are applicable to:

  • All Generating Stations including Solar and Wind Generators in the state of Orissa, except the Inter-state Generating Stations connected to Inter-State Transmission system.
  • All CGPs in the state of Orissa, with capacity of 5 MVA and above
  • All Distribution/Trading Licensees in the state of Orissa.
  • All Open Access Customers (Above 5 MW) in the state of Orissa.

The charges for the Deviations for all the time-blocks has been classified as:

A. For all generators except wind and solar, and all buyers in the state

The charges payable for deviation, will be UI linked and is worked out on the average frequency of a time-block at the rates specified as per CERC (Deviation Settlement Mechanism and related matters) Regulations, 2014 and amendments thereto.

B. For the Intra State Wind and Solar Energy Generators

These entities will be treated differently, and the error resulting from the deviations, will not be penalized based on the UI mechanism, but by a mechanism very similar to the recent amendments to CERC Inter State Forecasting, Scheduling and Imbalance Handling Regulation of 2015.

The detailed deviation linked penalty mechanism has been proposed as below:

The commission has invited comments and suggestions till 22nd October 2015.

The relevant regulation can be accessed here.

MPERC Draft Demand Side Management Regulations, 2015

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) came up with its Demand Side Management draft regulations, on 21st September 2015. It’s the State’s first initiative towards practicing a cost effective method of selecting, planning and implementing measures which intend to have an influence on demand side, either directly or indirectly.

  • The draft regulation describes the demand side management objectives, targets and guidelines.
  • The Distribution Licensee of State and shall undertake the load research to identify its target consumer segments and end uses for DSM programmes to build the necessary database.
  • Distribution Licensee shall formulate a perspective DSM plan covering period of the control period, within one year of notification of these regulations.
  • The benchmarks and DSM plans set by the commission will help the state achieve its objectives of:
    • Power shortage mitigation,
    • Seasonal peak reduction, cost effective energy savings,
    • Lowering the cost of electricity,
    • Reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases etc.

The commission invited comments and suggestions on the same till 29th September, 2015.

The relevant document can be accessed here.

India’s Energy Mix to Have 40% Renewable Sources by 2030

The Renewable energy holds a share of 12% in the current energy mix of India. As a part of its contribution under the Paris Climate Change Agreement, India sets target of achieving at least 40% of India’s total power capacity from renewable sources by 2030.

If the National Democratic Alliance approves the proposal then India would be looking to building a total of 350 GW of solar and wind power by 2030. This ambitious target will help India offer a 35% reduction in the greenhouse gas emission intensity of its economy below 2005 levels by 2030.

The above update has been taken from Business Standard’s article published on 22nd September, 2015 which can be accessed here.

REC Trade Results September 2015

Demand for both Solar and Non Solar REC’s remained lackluster in this trading session. A sum total of 1, 93,619 Solar and Non Solar RECs were sold in the current trading session. The total transaction value of REC’s was a paltry Rs.35.1 crores.

Analysis of Trading:-

Non Solar – Clearing ratio in exchange were at 1.68% and 0.77% on IEX and PXIL respectively for Non Solar RECs. A total of 1, 83,599Non Solar RECs were redeemed in this trading session. However the demand improved by 72% with respect to the August trading session.

Solar – Clearing ratio stood at 0.45% and 0.18% on IEX and PXIL respectively. Demand for Solar REC’s dipped to a low figure of 10,020 REC’s, 75% lower thanthe trade during August trading session.

The responses seen in the Solar REC’s segment were lower than expected. In August, total 41,928 RECs were sold.

Over the longer term, increasing focus on RPO both from the courts and from regulators is expected to increase demand. For instance OERC in its recent order on 11th August, 2015 stated that the reasons quoted by the obligated entities for non-compliance were found inappropriate and it is expected that in line with the order, the obligated entities will comply with the RPO targets, and thus we expect a surge in demand for Solar RECs in the coming months. More about the order can be read here.


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