UERC Order on Non Compliance of RPO

UERC Maintains its tough stand for non compliance of RPO. In a recent order the Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed UPCL to procure non-solar RECs equivalent to 7.50% of unmet non-solar RPO up to FY 2015-16 latest by 31st July’16. UPCL had submitted the following unmet RPO data to the commission:

The Commission has directed UPCL to meet the overall RPO FOR 2016-17 which is 8% for non solar and 1.5% for solar, either through purchase of energy from RE sources or through purchase of RECs equivalent by March, 2017. The Commission has denied UPCL to continue carrying forward of all the unmet non-solar RPO since, it has failed to tap the available power due to its own dilapidated distribution system for evacuation of power.

Also as mentioned in the order, Non-compliance of RPO will attract action against the officers responsible for compliances of regulations.

Earlier in year 2014, UERC had considered UPCL’s non-compliance as willful contravention of the direction of the Commission and had imposed penalty of Rs.20, 000/- on the Managing Director of UPCL. Thus this seems to be a strict order but in a positive direction which will help in streamlining the REC market overall.

 

The order can be accessed here.

Rajasthan Proposes Wind Tariff for FY 2016-17

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) recently proposed the new tariff for wind energy sources, which will be applicable for the projects commissioned during FY 16-17. The tariff will be applicable for 25 years.  The details of the tariff proposed are in the table below:

 

 

Below are the some graphs on the year-wise tariff’s of CERC and RERC for wind energy and the % changes in the tariffs over the years.

 

Note: All figures of CERC relate to wind zone-2 as defined by CERC, and all RERC tariffs relate to Wind Power Plants located in districts other than Jaisalmer, Jodhpur & Barmer districts.

It can be noticed from the graphs above that RERC has constantly increased Wind tariffs over the last three FYs except for the current FY, while CERC wind tariffs have risen a bit in terms of %.

Rajasthan has a wind power potential of 5050 MW’s and with these tariffs proposed, it will become an attractive destination for setting up Wind projects.

The Tariff proposed by RERC can be read here.

 

 

Ministry of Power sets green energy targets for State Discoms

The Ministry of Power has issued guidelines, for long term growth trajectory for RPO of Non solar as well as for Solar. Though the guidelines have been issued, the final targets will be set by each individual state’s electricity regulatory commission (SERC).

In order to achieve the target of 1, 75,000 MW of renewable capacity by March, 2022, MNRE has notified the RPO uniformly for all States/ UTs initially for three years from 2016-17 to 2018-19 as given in the table below:

 

 

State Discoms will have to mandatorily draw at least 2.75% of their total power consumption from solar plants in the current fiscal, according to the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) norms laid down by the power ministry. Considering this proposed regulatory changes and stricter enforcement by states FY2016-17 is expected to bring a good fortune to the REC Market.

 

The article can be accessed here.

India generated 33029.39 MU Wind Power & 7447.92 MU Solar Power Generated during Year 2015-16

The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines Shri Piyush Goyal informed that the generation of electricity from wind and solar sources in the country stood at 33,029.39 million units and 7,447.92 million units, respectively, during 2015-16.

Quoting the figures received from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the minister said during the last two years, i.e., 2014-15 and 2015-16, the country added a total of 5,735 MW of wind power capacity and 4,131 MW of solar power capacity.

It was also told that a capacity addition target of 4,000 MW and 12,000 MW has been proposed for generation of electricity from wind and solar energy, respectively, during 2016-17 and a total of 315 MW have been installed under Solar Roof top Scheme. Power generated from these projects is being used for both domestic and captive use, the minister informed.

Goyal stated that tenders for 20,766 MW solar power projects have been issued. He also said that the wind power projects are mainly developed by private sector under various modes, including PPA, REC, captive use, third party sale etc, adding that the centre has not undertaken construction of wind energy project.

  • The ministry is implementing several schemes to promote generation of solar and wind energy. These include: Development of solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects
  • Development of solar PV power plants on canal banks / canal tops
  • Setting up of 300 MW grid connected solar PV power projects by defense establishments under ministry of defense and Para military forces with viability gap funding (VGF) under Batch-IV of Phase-II/III of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM)
  • Setting up 1,000 MW grid-connected solar PV power projects by CPSUs with VGF under Batch-V of Phase-II of JNNSM
  • Setting up of 15,000 MW grid-connected solar PV power projects under Batch II of Phase II of National Solar Mission (by NTPC/NVVN)
  • Setting up of 2000 MW grid-connected solar power projects with VGF through Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and generation based incentive scheme for promotion of wind power.

The press release can be accessed here.

 

 

 

HPERC Determines Generalized Levelised Tariff for Solar PV for FY 2016-17

HPERC recently determined its generalized levelized tariff for Solar PV for FY 2016-17. The Commission came out; vide its proposal for categorization of solar PV projects as well as for fixing the norms for technological specific parameters, other terms and conditions and determination of generic levelized tariffs for solar PV projects up to 5.00 MW capacities.

The Commission has fixed the normative capital costs inclusive of all components as well as taxes etc. for solar PV projects up to 5.00 MW capacity by increasing the CERC benchmark capital cost of Rs. 530.02 Lakhs per MW by 7.50% up to 1 MW and 6% above 1 MW and up to 5.00 MW capacity plants for 2016-17, as given below:-

 

The Commission has thereby determined the generic levelized tariffs and the associated terms and conditions for Solar PV power plant in respect of  FY 2016-17 as given under:-

 

These tariffs will be applicable for the solar PV projects where PPAs are signed on or before 31st March 2017, after approval of the Commission and the projects are commissioned on or before 31st March, 2018.

 

The regulation can be accessed  here.

MNRE scheme for Development of Solar Zones in the country commencing from 2016-17 and onwards

MNRE has recently sanctioned the scheme for setting up of 10 solar zones. Each solar zone will be having around 10,000 hectares of government owned or privately owned wasteland, uncultivable land or fallow land in one or more than one patches. An estimated amount of Rs. 4400 crore has been granted as a Central Financial Assistance for this project.

Following are some of the highlights of the scheme:

  • The objective of the scheme is to promoted developers and investors and thereby helping the country in achieving the target of 100000MW by 2022.
  • This scheme will in return help the states in meeting its mandate RPO, and also provide employment opportunities to the location.
  • All the states and Union Territories will be eligible for benefiting under this scheme.
  • The solar zones will be developed in collaboration with the State Government and their agencies. SECI will act as MNRE’s agency for handling the scheme.
  • The state government shall identify an area having daily average insulation of over 4kWh per meter square and having around 10000 hectares of government owned or privately owned wasteland.
  • The solar zones will be set up in a span of 5 years commencing from 2015-16 and the solar projects may come in as per demand and interest shown by the developers.
  • Out of the total solar potential in the solar zone, 25% area will be set apart for deployment of manufactures of ingots, water, solar cell and modules to promote make in India.
  • 25% area for small and medium enterprises, farmers and unemployed youth and 50% for solar project developers.

The scheme can be accessed here.

MNRE Scheme for setting up of 1000 MW CTU-connected Wind Power Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently sanctioned the scheme for setting up of 1000MW CTU- connected Wind Power Projects by Wind Project Developers on build, own and operate basis. However, the capacity may go higher than 1000 MW, if there is higher demand from Discoms of non-windy States.

The Government of India has set an ambitious target of target of achieving 175 GW power capacity from renewable energy resources by 2022 and out of this 60 GW to come from wind power.

In order to facilitate transmission of wind power from these windy States to non-windy States provisions have been made in the Tariff Policy to waive the inter-state transmission charges and losses for wind power projects.

Some of the important highlights are:

  • The selection of wind power projects under the Scheme will be through a transparent e-bidding process followed by e-reverse auction for eligible bidders for procurement of wind power at tariff discovered through open competitive bidding process. SECI will develop guidelines for e-bidding process.
  • MNRE will play an important role by issuing Guidelines for transparent bidding process for implementation of the Scheme.
  • SECI will develop a suitable mechanism for monitoring the performance of the projects and will act as the nodal agency for implementation of this Scheme.
  • The objective of the scheme includes:
    • To facilitate supply of wind power to the non-windy states at a price discovered through transparent bidding process;
    • To encourage competitiveness through scaling up of project sizes and introduction of efficient and transparent e-bidding and e-auctioning processes
    • To facilitate fulfillment of Non Solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) requirement of non-windy states.

The full article can be accessed here.

Telangana Regulations for connectivity with the Grid and sale of electricity from the Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic

Telangana recently came up with its net metering regulation for connectivity with the Grid and sale of electricity from the Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic. This Regulation will be applicable to the distribution licensee, an eligible consumer and a third party owner of a Roof Top Solar PV System in the state of Telangana.

 

Following are some of the highlights of the regulations:

 

  • An eligible consumer shall install the grid connected Rooftop Solar PV System of the rated capacity as specified in this Regulation.
  • The tariff payable to an eligible consumer under the net-metering shall be the average power purchase cost of a Distribution Licensee.
  • The net metering facility, as far as possible, of an eligible consumer shall be in three phase service.
  • A single phase consumer is also eligible for net metering up to 3 KW.
  • The capacity of a Rooftop Solar PV System to be installed at the premises of an eligible consumer shall not be less than one Kilo Watt peak (1kWp) and a maximum of One (1) MWp.
  • The quantum of electricity consumed by an Eligible Consumer from the Rooftop Solar PV System under the Net Metering Arrangement shall qualify towards his compliance of Solar RPPO, if such Consumer is an Obligated Entity.
  • The quantum of electricity consumed by the Eligible Consumer from the Rooftop Solar PV System under the Net Metering arrangement shall, if such Consumer is not an Obligated Entity, qualify towards meeting the Solar RPPO of the Distribution Licensee.
  • The unadjusted surplus Units of the solar energy purchased by the Distribution Licensee under the provisions of sub-Para 10.3 shall qualify towards meeting its Solar RPPO.
  • The Rooftop Solar PV System under the net metering arrangement, whether self- owned or third party owned installed on the Eligible Consumer’s premises, shall be exempted from Transmission Charge, Transmission Loss, Wheeling Charge, Wheeling Loss, Cross Subsidy Surcharge and Additional Surcharge.
  • The Rooftop Solar PV System Developer shall retain the entire proceeds of CDM benefits in the first year after the date of commercial operation of the generating station.

 

The regulation can be accessed here.

TSERC Determines CSS for FY2016-17

Telangana Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has calculated the Cross subsidy surcharge to be applicable during FY 16-17. The new CSS will be applicable only for the state of Telangana effective from 1st July, 2016 to 31st March, 2017.  There was no CSS applicable in the state till last FY 14-15. The new CSS applicable will have significant impact on the open access power market.

The Telangana solar and wind policy which was announced recently clearly states that for Solar Power Plant located within the state and selling power to third parties within the state, 100% exemption shall be provided on the cross subsidy surcharge as determined by TSERC for five years from the date of commissioning of the Power Plant.

The table below depicts the CSS charges defined for year FY2015-16 and FY 2016-17:

The regulation can be accessed here.

 

REC Trade Result July 2016

In contrast to June 2016, which saw huge demand for both Non-solar and Solar RECs, this month trading did not fare that well.  This month trading saw a dip in the demand for both Solar and Non-Solar RECs. The demand though increased twice the amount in comparison to July 2015.  The total transaction value stood at roughly half as compared to previous month, i.e. 40 Crores as compared to 80 Crores last month.

Analysis of Trading:

Non Solar – Clearing ratio in exchange stood at 1.91% and 1.69 % in IEX and PXIL respectively for Non Solar REC’s.

Solar – Clearing ratio stood good at 1.17% and 0.97% in IEX and PXIL respectively.

The graphs are given below:

 

 

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