DERC announces (Renewable Purchase Obligation and Renewable Energy Certificate Framework Implementation) Regulations 2018 along with draft order for Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO)

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission recently issued a Renewable Purchase Obligation and Renewable Energy Certificate framework Implementation, regulations 2018 along with a draft order prescribing Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO). The draft order will be applicable to any captive user, open access consumers and discoms in the state.

  • The RE projects will have an option of adopting either the tariff pricing service or the REC mechanism for pricing.
  • The projects opting for a tariff under the above-mentioned mechanisms will continue with the same tariff pricing structure until the period of validity of Power Purchase Agreement.
  • For all the obligated entities the aggregated RPO compliance of all the gross purchase from various generating stations will be considered for the quantum of renewable energy purchased towards compliance of Renewable Purchase Obligation.
  • Any surplus electricty generated after RPO compliance of such obligated entity will qualify towards RPO compliance of the Discoms.
  • All the obligated entity can purchase REC for any shortfall in their RPO targets for any fiscal year within 3 months or three trading sessions, provided that in case the obligated entity procures excess renewable power over and above its RPO target in any year, the obligated entity shall be allowed to set off in the following order: (i) against past accumulated shortfall in RPO compliance, if any, (ii) carry forward excess quantum of renewable power after set off against a past accumulated shortfall in RPO compliance up to three succeeding years and shall be set off against the quantum of Renewable Purchase Obligation of such succeeding year(s).

According to the draft order, the annual target for RPO in terms of the RPO-REC regulations for the obligated entities other than the discoms for FY 17-18 to FY 19-20 which will be considered as the percent of the total consumption by the obligated entities excluding of power through hydroelectric plants.


The commission has asked for the stakeholders to send in their comments, suggestions, and opinions to the Draft Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Renewable Purchase Obligation and Renewable Energy Certificate Framework Implementation), Regulation 2018 & draft order by 2nd February 2019.

MNRE issues amendments in guidelines for the tariff-based competitive bidding process for solar PV projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) along with the Ministry of Power (MoP) recently announced the amendments to the guidelines for the tariff-based competitive bidding process for procurement & Power from grid-connected solar PV power projects. The amendments made to the guidelines dated 3rd August 2017 and amended on 15th June 2018 are as follows:

Amendment in Point 9: Indicative time table for the bid process

Amendment in Point 12: Financial closure

“Solar Power Generator shall attain the financial closure in terms of the PPA, within 9 (nine) months from the date of execution of the Power Purchase Agreement, for projects being set up in Solar park, and within 12 (twelve) months from the date of execution of the Power Purchase Agreement, for projects being set up outside Solar park. However, if for any reason, the time period for attaining the financial closure needs to be kept smaller than that provided in these Guidelines, the Procurer can do the same.

Amendment in Point 14.3: Commissioning schedule

“The projects shall be commissioned, within a period of 15 (fifteen) months from the date of execution of the PPA, for projects being set up in Solar park, and within a period of 18 (eighteen) months from the date of execution of the PPA, for projects being set up outside Solar park…”

The issued amendments might be intended to bring discipline and consistency in the competitive bidding process as the government intends to achieve renewable energy installed capacity of 175 GW by 2022.

Andhra Pradesh announces new wind-solar hybrid policy

The government of Andhra Pradesh has recently announced a new wind-solar hybrid policy as the state targets to achieve 18000 MW of renewable capacity by the year 2021-2022. The broad objective of the policy is to provide a framework for the promotion of large grid-connected wind-solar PV systems for optimal & efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land, reducing the variability in renewable power generation and thus achieving better grid stability.

The key points of the policy are as below:

  • The policy will be applicable for a period of five years from the date of issuance.
  • The policy intends to procure 5,000 MW of contracted capacity under the five-year timeline.
  • The policy is applicable to new wind-solar projects as well as the existing wind/solar PV projects via hybridization.
  • The rules and eligibility of the categories are specified in the policy.
  • 100% banking of energy is allowed throughout the year based on the feasibility & approval from the TRANSCOs & DISCOMs.
  • Banking charges will be adjusted in kind at 5% of the energy delivered at the point of drawal and the banking will be possible between April to March.
  • Energy settlement will be done on a monthly basis & the unutilized energy will be purchased by the DISCOMs at 75% of the APPC as per the APERC rules.
  • Hybrid projects developed by the manufacturers will be allowed to sell the power to discoms via: (i) project specified tariff determined by APERC, (ii) at APPC under REC mechanism by availing RECs, (iii) via a transparent bidding process.
  • Transmission/distribution charges exempted up to 50% of the applicable charges for wheeling of power generated.
  • No transmission charges for connectivity to the nearest Central Transmission Unit (CTU) via State Transmission Unit (STU) network for inter-state wheeling of power.
  • For existing wind/solar plants applying for hybridization can avail all the incentives w.r.to previous policies balance operative period.
  • 50% of applicable Electricity duty shall be exempted for captive consumption, sale to
    DISCOMs and third party sale provided the source of power is from wind – solar hybrid
    power projects set up within the State.
  • 50% of the Cross subsidy surcharge shall be paid for third party sale provided the source of power is from Wind- Solar Hybrid Power Projects setup within the State.

Currently, Andhra Pradesh has RE installed capacity of 7229.8 MW as on November 2018, as per CEA.

RERC announces draft (first amendment) Net metering regulations 2018 for rooftop & small solar grid interactive system.

Rajasthan Electricity Regulation Commission (RERC) has recently notified the draft (first amendment) of net metering regulations, 2018 for rooftop & small solar grid interactive system in Rajasthan. The pilot net metering regulations came in 2015, after that this is the first amendment proposed by the commission. Since the first regulations, the feed-in tariff for solar PV has reduced drastically even lower than feed-in-tariff determined by the Commission for such projects. However, the Rajasthan commission is of the opinion that the tariff determined through auctions for Mega power projects cannot be made applicable for Rooftop solar PV projects which are of the kilowatt capacities (max.1000 kW) due to the higher capital cost of such rooftop projects.

The current amendment also talks about the excess electricity generated by the rooftop generator in the regulation clause 10(3) as follows:

“ Provided that in the event the electricity injected exceeds the electricity consumed during the billing period, such excess injected electricity above 50 units shall be paid by the Distribution Licensee at its Average Power Purchase Cost of the previous year. Provided further that Commission may review the above rate through an order as and when required. Net energy credits less than 50 units under Net Metering achieved in the particular billing period shall be adjusted in the next billing period till credit of 50 units is achieved.”

The regulation will come into effect after the date of notification in the official gazette.

Rajasthan commission has also released a discussion paper recently suggesting that the DISCOMs should purchase green energy directly instead of buying the electricity component form the RE projects.

KERC announces a revised tariff order for rooftop solar plants for domestic consumers

KERC has recently announced an order for the “revision of tariff in respect of new Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic Units of 1kW to 10kW capacity installed by domestic consumers”. The government of Karnataka has set a target of 2400 MW of grid-connected rooftop generation projects under its solar policy 2014-2021. As of August 2018, Karnataka’s installed capacity for both ground-mounted and rooftop solar capacity is 5179 MW. Out of the total installed capacity, only 145 MW is solar rooftop photovoltaic plants (SRTPV) units have been installed & commissioned. Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) the Commission had issued a Discussion Paper in the matter of revision of tariff in respect of new Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic Units of 1kW to 10kW capacity installed by domestic consumers, on 09.09.2018, inviting comments/suggestions from the stakeholders.

One of the reasons for the poor response for installation of rooftop solar photovoltaic plants by the domestic consumers may be the low Feed-In Tariff (FIT) fixed by the Commission as compared to the relatively higher capital cost of smaller capacity SRTPV units. Hence, the Commission was of the considered view that there is a need to promote smaller capacity solar rooftop power plants by the domestic consumers in order to achieve the desired capacity addition of SRTPV plants in the State.

Post the comments and suggestions, the commission has made some changes as below:

  • The CUF is retained to be 19% % even for 1 kW to 10 kW capacity SRTPV Plants from the 16% CUF earlier.
  • The capital cost for SRPTV plants of 1 kW to 10 kW is decided to be INR 48,000/kW.
  • The generic tariff for grid-connected new Solar Rooftop Photovoltaic Units of 1kW to 10kW capacity installed by domestic consumers at INR.4.15 only per unit (without capital subsidy) and at INR.3.08 only per unit (with capital subsidy).
  • The above-mentioned changes will be applicable to new plants with commissioning date on or after 19.12.2018.

DERC announces draft guidelines for group and virtual net metering

Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced the draft guidelines under the draft guidelines under DERC (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations, 2014 for implementation of Group Net Metering and Virtual Net Metering Framework under Delhi Solar Policy 2016. The comments & suggestions on guidelines are accepted till 1st January 2019.

The key points of the guidelines are as below:

  • Group net metering: Group Net Metering is an arrangement where the surplus energy exported to the grid from a solar plant at the location of the solar plant can be adjusted in any other (one or more) electricity service connection(s) of the consumer within the NCT of Delhi, provided these connections are in the same DISCOM territory.
  • Virtual net metering: Virtual Net Metering is an arrangement to give access to the Solar Net Metering facility for consumers who do not have a suitable roof for installing a solar system (e.g. residential consumers who live in apartments, consumers with shaded rooftops) there will be the facility of Virtual Net Metering.
  • In the initial phase, only the government entities will be applicable for utilizing Group and Virtual net metering.
  • The provisions for providing land space shall be governed as per provisions Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Supply Code and Performance Standards) Regulations, 2017 as amended & Orders issued under these Regulations from time to time.

Framework for group net metering:

  • Distribution Licensees shall facilitate Group Net metering, whereby surplus energy exported to the grid from a solar plant at the location of the solar plant can be adjusted in any other (one or more) electricity service connection(s) of the consumer within the same distribution licensee area.
  • Smart meters shall be installed at Generation point(s) and the cost shall be borne
    by the distribution licensee
  • The Distribution Licensee shall show, separately, the energy units exported, the energy units imported, the net energy units billed and/or the energy units carried forward, if any, to the consumer in their bill for the respective billing period.

Framework for Virtual net metering:

  • Consumer(s) can collectively own a solar system under the arrangement of virtual net metering.
  • The adjustment of energy generated from solar plant shall be credited in the electricity bill of each participating consumer on the basis of the share of beneficial ownership in the solar plant at the time of application for connectivity under Virtual Net Metering framework.
  • Under Virtual Net Metering, there is no restriction on intra DISCOM or inter DISCOM transfer of surplus energy as per Delhi Solar policy, 2016. Therefore, in case of inter DISCOM transfer of power due to the physical location of either of Generation plant or Consumer in different DISCOM area, normative distribution losses on account of the transfer of power shall be borne by the consumer.

SECI to come up with 750 MW capacity solar power projects in Rajasthan

SECI has announced an RfS for setting up of 750 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic power projects in Rajasthan. The land, connectivity & long-term open access shall be the scope of the developer. The tender is a “Build-Own-Operate” (BOO) basis where SECI will enter into a Power Purchase Agreement with the successful bidders for a period of 25 years. The power produced through the project is decided to be sold to Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (RUVNL). The summary of the RfS is as below:

 

Document

Charges

RfS document
  • INR 29,500/- (Indian Rupees Twenty-Nine Thousand Five Hundred Only) including GST
Processing fee
  • Rs. 3 Lakh +18% GST for each Project from 10 MW up to 40 MW capacity
  • Rs. 5 Lakh + 18% GST for each Project from 50 MW up to 90 MW capacity
  • Rs. 10 Lakh + 18% GST for each Project from 100 MW and above capacity
Total available capacity 750 MW
Minimum capacity Minimum individual capacities of 10 MW, and shall be set up in multiples of 10 MW.
Commissioning period
  • For project capacity (1-240 MW): Scheduled Commissioning Date (SCD) shall be the date as on 21 months from the effective date of the PPA
  • For project capacity (250 MW and above): the SCD for the Project shall be the date as on 24 months of the effective date of the PPA
Processing fee
  • Rs. 3 Lakh +18% GST for each Project from 10 MW up to 40 MW capacity
  • Rs. 5 Lakh + 18% GST for each Project from 50 MW up to 90 MW capacity
  • Rs. 10 Lakh + 18% GST for each Project from 100 MW and above capacity
Earnest Money deposit Amount: INR 10,00,000/- (Indian Rupees Ten Lacs) per MW per Project to be submitted in the form of Bank Guarantee along with the Response to RfS
Performance Bank Guarantee (PBG) Bidders selected by SECI based on this RfS shall submit Performance Guarantee for a value @ INR 20 Lakh/ MW within 30 days of issuance of Letter of Intent (LoI) or before signing of PPA, whichever is earlier.
Ceiling tariff INR 2.93/ kWh for 25 years.

SECI has issued this RfS in line with the Ministry of Power (MoP) issued “Guidelines for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding Process for Procurement of Power from Grid Connected Solar PV Power Projects” since August 2017.

MNRE announces a public procurement order gives preference to Make in India

In order to encourage ‘Make in India’ and to promote the manufacturing and production of goods & services in India, the Government has issued a public procurement order with preference to make in India. The order intends to enhance the income flow & employment in the country. The eligible parties for the order include all the ministries /departments of the Government of India, along with any autonomous bodies controlled by the Government of India (GoI). The order is specifically for procurement of renewable energy components, the details of which are as below:

Renewable energy technology List of products covered under the order (preference make in India) Minimum percentage of local content required in renewable energy products
Small hydropower Apart from civil construction, preference shall be provided in Central Ministries/Department and Central PSUs to domestically manufactured/produced products such as turbines, generators, penstock, pipelines, control panel, governors, cables, valves, transformers, switch gears etc. 80
Wind power Apart from civil construction, preference shall be provided in Central Ministries/Department and Central PSUs to domestically manufactured/produced products such as gearbox, blades, rotor, generator, tower, bearings, yaw mechanism components etc 80 (Besides hub and nacelle assembly/manufacturing facility should be in India)
Off-grid/decentralized solar power Apart from civil construction, preference shall be provided in Central Ministries/Department and Central PSUs to domestically manufactured/produced products such as solar street lights, solar home lighting systems, solar power packs/microgrid, solar water pumps, inverters etc. 70
Grid-connected solar power projects Apart from civil construction, preference shall be provided in Central Ministries/Department and Central PSUs to domestically manufactured/produced products such as solar PV modules & other components such as inverters etc. Solar modules – 100

Other components like inverters etc. – 40

Biomass gasifier Apart from civil construction, preference shall be provided in Central Ministries/Department and Central PSUs to domestically manufactured/produced products such as biomass gasifier reactor, feed hopper. 80
Biomass co-generation Apart from civil construction, preference shall be provided in Central Ministries/Department and Central PSUs to domestically manufactured/produced products such as boiler & its auxiliaries like ESP, turbine generators & its auxiliaries etc. 80
Municipal solid waste projects Apart from civil construction, preference shall be provided in Central Ministries/Department and Central PSUs to domestically manufactured/produced products such as boiler, flue gas cleaning system, grab crane system, waste processing system, leachate treatment plant etc. 60
Waste to Energy (Biomass/Bio-CNG) Apart from civil construction, preference shall be provided in Central Ministries/Department and Central PSUs to domestically manufactured/produced products such as feed mixer tank, mixing agitation feeding pump, digester tank etc. 80

 

  • Products/items related to renewable energy research & development shall be exempted from the current order. Any kind of electricity or end product generated from these RE products under this order can be utilized for captive/non-commercial purposes only.
  • Self-verification of the local content is required from the supplier during the tender/bidding. In case the procurement value crosses INR 10 crores, the local supplier will be needed to provide a certificate from the certified auditors.
  • False declaration of any kind can lead to a suspension for up to two years as per general financial rules.
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will be the nodal agency for all the activities related to the order.

MNRE amends the land allotment clause in the solar park projects guidelines

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently announced amendments in two guidelines for setting up a grid-connected solar PV power projects for 2000 MW and 5000 MW along with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for Batch III & Batch IV, Phase II NSM respectively. The amendments are as below:

Guidelines for setting up a grid-connected solar PV power projects for 2000 MW along with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for Batch III  Phase II NSM

Guidelines for setting up a grid-connected solar PV power projects for 5000 MW along with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for Batch IV  Phase II NSM

The amendments are assumed to have come into existence due to the slow interest in the tenders due to lack of land allotments and the financial issues related to it. Currently, around 7% of the total installed capacity is from solar. But lately, the solar installations have taken a back seat due to issues like anti-dumping tariffs, and confusion in the GST rate.

EIB, SBI & YES bank come together for financing RE projects in India

The Europen Investment Bank has confirmed to work along with State Bank of India and Yes Bank on increasing its support in terms of investment to RE projects in India. The EIB has decided to provide investment in the Onshore lending program with SBI. The finance organization has also approved a new credit line with Yes Bank in order to accelerate private investment in the RE sector.

At a recent conference held in New Delhi, the Vice President of EIB confirmed the news of financing the clean energy projects. “Scaling up renewable energy investment is crucial for economic growth, improving access to energy and addressing climate change and support for renewable is a key priority for the European Investment Bank, the EU Bank, here in India. The EIB is pleased to host our first offshore wind investment conference in New Delhi and bring together technical and financial expertise from across India and the European Union’s unique global experience in the sector. We look forward to broadening cooperation with Indian partners to support new renewable energy projects in the months ahead and enabling offshore wind to contribute to clean power generation in the country.” said Andrew McDowell, Vice President of the European Investment Bank responsible for Energy and South Asia.

“The European Union and India share a common goal of tackling climate change. India has huge renewable energy resources and harnessing India’s abundant natural resources is crucial for sustainable development. Supporting energy investment is a key focus of the European Union’s India strategy announced this week and my colleagues are working closely with Indian partners to further develop India’s offshore wind sector.  Today’s conference demonstrates the European Union’s firm commitment to support expansion of clean energy in India and as the Bank of the European Union, the European Investment Bank, has a unique technical and financial experience that is already backing transformational renewable energy projects across the country.” said H.E. Tomasz Kozlowski, European Union Ambassador to India.

Several Government officials, policy experts, business leaders and financial professionals associated with the sector attended the conference. EIB has a decent experience in supporting the expansion of offshore wind over the last 15 years and the conference enabled experience from successful offshore wind investment to benefit India. The agreement signed between EIB and SBI includes promoters of onshore wind projects being able to benefit from long-term low-cost financing under a dedicated EUR 600 million renewable energy financing programme already providing support to large-scale solar investment across India.

Ever since the support for climate-related investment became a formal priority in 2010, the EIB has invested over EUR 130 billion globally, supporting more than EUR 600 billion in climate action investment.

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