RERC publishes (Renewable Energy Obligation) (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2019

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) recently announced (Renewable Energy Obligation) (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2019, which shall come into effect from 1st April 2019 provided that the revised RPO for FY 2018-19 shall become applicable from 1.04.2018. The commission in this amendment will fix the minimum percentage of the total consumption of electricity in the area of the distribution licensee for the purchase of energy from renewable energy sources taking into account availability of such resources & impact on retail tariffs. Further, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources (MNRE) is aiming to achieve 175 GW renewable energy until 2022 and hence has suggested the long-term trajectory of RPOs for non-solar as well as solar for the states & UTs.

Under the obligations notified by Ministry of Power (MoP) which are on the total consumption of the electricity by an obligated entity excluding consumption met by hydro sources of power & flexibility of 15% is also allowed to the obligated entities in the meeting of RPO from either of their solar or non-solar power.

Earlier, the Commission had fixed the RPO targets for FY 2017-18 and FY 2018-19 in line with MoP, where there was a steep increase as compared to the RPO trajectory specified for earlier years. It was observed from the data submitted by the  Rajasthan Discoms regarding RPO target vis-a-vis achievement from FY 2013- 14 to FY 2017-18 (provisional) that actual achievement was less than the targets, in particular for FY 2017-18, the gap was huge. Considering that in addition to making up for the past shortfall in meeting RPO directed in the order dated 14.11.2017. It is observed from the past experience that when the RPO was increased steeply a huge gap was observed in the achievement of RPO targets by the state discoms even for FY 2017-18.

Hence, in the current amendment, the commission has decided that the RPO trajectory may be so designed & notified in such a manner that it becomes practical for the discoms to achieve their targets. Considering a CUF for solar-21%, wind-20% & Biomass-80% with a target addition of 700-750 MW of solar & 250-300 MW of non-solar.

RUVNL on behalf of the discoms have requested that a total RPO of 21% may be achieved by the year 2023-24 instead of 2021-22 and the trajectory may be modified from the year 2018-19 onwards as stated above.

Amendment in Regulation 4 of the Principal Regulations:source: RERC

Provided that on the achievement of Solar RPO Compliance to the extent of 80% and above remaining shortfall if any, can be met by excess Non-solar energy purchased beyond specified Non-solar RPO for that particular year.

Provided further that on the achievement of Non-Solar RPO Compliance to the extent of 80% and above, remaining shortfall if any, can be met by excess solar energy purchased beyond specified Solar RPO for that particular year.”source: RERC

The sub-regulation (3) shall be substituted with the following: “(3) The RE Obligation for a distribution licensee including deemed licensee for FY 2018-19 and onwards shall be as under:source: RERC

Provided that the energy generated from Biomass, Biogas, Biomass Gasifier and Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)/Waste-to-Energy (WtE) based sources shall be covered under the Biomass category: Provided further that in case of insufficient availability of energy from Biomass-based sources during a year, the shortfall can be made good by Wind Energy and to this extent, RPO for wind would be increased.

Provided also that on the achievement of Solar RPO Compliance to the extent of 80% and above remaining shortfall if any can be met by excess Non-solar energy purchased beyond specified Non-solar RPO for that particular year.

Provided also that on the achievement of Non-Solar RPO Compliance to the extent of 80% and above, remaining shortfall if any can be met by excess solar energy purchased beyond specified Solar RPO for that particular year.”

 

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