Creation of an RPO compliance cell, MNRE declares in its order

According to a recent order by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) dated 22 May 2018, a creation of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) Compliance cell is in process. This cell will be handling all the matters related to RPO compliance across states and publishing monthly reports on the updates.

The cell is expected to work in accordance with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) and SERCs. The cell is also expected to coordinate on publishing a periodic report with the Government of India and take up non-compliance issues with appropriate authorities.

In the past, there have been several efforts initiated by MNRE to increase awareness among RPO obligated entities regarding RPO obligations, and explaining its advantages to them.

With the help of this cell, data management, a repository of obligated entities, preparing state-wise defaulters lists and storing authorities specific information would be convenient.

Currently, there are some gaps in the implementation of RPO in some states, and with the creation of this cell, the issues can be taken care of state-wise, bringing the country closer to achieving its national target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy till 2022.

With the cell formation, supervision of the Renewable Purchase Obligation process across the country can be performed in a seamless manner. All the stakeholder information associated with the process can be maintained in one place making implementation and invigilation easy.

This is a very positive step by MNRE, as there will be a cell responsible for looking over the RPO compliance in the country, ensuring consistent implementation of RPOs across the states while publishing timely reports.

REC Trading Results – April 2018

 

April saw trading resume for Solar RECs after a gap of one year, after the ApTel pronounced judgment in the case of REC pricing. Also, after record sale of Non-solar RECs in the last 5 months, there was almost no inventory left of Non-solar RECs. In both Solar and Non-solar RECs, demand was robust, considering that this is the first month of the new financial year.

 

Analysis of Trading:

 

Non Solar – Clearing ratio in exchange stood at 72.6% and 77.2% in IEX and PXIL respectively for Non Solar REC’s.  A total of 187,543 RECswere traded, despite demand being at 1,099,426 (as compared to 538,371 RECs traded April 2017; an increase of 104%). RECs traded at the floor price of Rs 1,000/ REC at PXIL, but increased by a minuscule fraction to Rs 1,001/ REC at IEX. However, this increase in the traded price above the floor price has come after a gap of almost 6 years (last trading above the floor price was in August 2012).
Solar – Demand was robust at 8.75 lakh RECs (3.2X demand of April 2017). Clearing ratio stood good at 23.8% and 10.4% in IEX and PXIL respectively.

EXTENSION ON WAIVER OF INTER-STATE TRANSMISSION CHARGES AND LOSSES FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATED FROM SOLAR AND WIND SOURCES

The Ministry of Power has released an order  which provides extension on the waiver of intra-state transmission charges and losses for transmission of electricity generated from solar and wind sources. As per the last order dated 14 June 2017, MoP had provided an extension on the waiver of transmission charges for electricity procured from solar and wind sources till 31.12.2019. This waiver has been further extended to 31 March 2022 for electricity transmitted both the sources of renewable energy.

 

The waiver shall be applicable for 25 years from the date of commissioning of the projects and only on those projects entering into PPAs with distribution licensees for sale of electricity for compliance of their RPO. The order also states that the waiver shall be applicable to projects awarded through competitive bidding process.

 

This order continues to encompass the same issues present in the previous orders. It is only applicable to solar projects from which the electricity will be sold to the DISCOMs. Secondly, it will only be on those solar projects entering PPAs for the compliance of RPO.

MAJOR REFORMS EXPECTED IN THE ENERGY SECTOR, SAYS POWER MINISTER

In an article in  Financial Express, the power minister, Mr RK Singh, declared that huge reforms are to be expected in the power sector in the near future. Few of such reforms mentioned were PPAs for all the electricity requirement being made mandatory in all Indian states, cross subsidy in tariff being limited, compensation of low agriculture tariff  by increasing the industrial and commercial tariff and introduction of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Also, introduction of a penalty provision  to those not meeting their RPO targets. This is in line with the Draft National Electricity Policy released by Niti Ayog in June 2017. The Union Minister also added that carriage and content shall be separated by his ministry which shall give the end user the flexibility to where they want to procure electricity from.

UTTAR PRADESH RELEASES SOLAR POLICY 2017

Uttar Pradesh has released its solar policy for 2017 which will be effective from the date of notification.

 

The policy promotes solar rooftop and grid connected solar projects. As per the policy, the state aims to achieve 8% RPO by 2022 which is in keeping with the target of 4300 MW by then. Following are the salient features of the policy:

 

  • The state government is promoting the development of solar parks by providing land for its development. It also provides connectivity of solar parks to the nearest substation.

  • To promote third party sale, exemption on wheeling/ transmission charges for third party sale.

  • They will also be exempted from cross subsidy surcharge, transmission and wheeling charges.

  • Banking: Banking of 100% energy in every financial year shall be permitted.

  • Electricity duty for 10 years shall be exempted for sale to distribution licensee and solar PV projects will not have to take environmental clearance.

  • Building permission from local bodies will not be required for residential, industrial or commercial units.

  • Single window clearence will be taken for all solar power projects by UPNEDA.

The order can be accessed here.

ANDHRA PRADESH RELEASES RPO REGULATIONS FOR FY 2017:

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has release RPO percentages for the years 2017-22. The RPO percentages have increased significantly since last year. In the year 2016-17, the RPO percentages were 2% for non-solar and 1% for solar. For the year 2017-18, the percentage has been increased to 6% and 3% for non-solar and solar respectively.

This percentage is applicable on total consumption of electricity including hydro and mini-hydel. The RPO percentages given in the regulation are as follows:

 

A comparison between the MoP trajectory and the percentages for this FY is given as follows:

 

The regulation can be accessed here.

HIMACHAL PRADESH ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION (RENEWABLE POWER PURCHASE OBLIGATION AND ITS COMPLIANCE) REGULATION

HPERC has notified Renewable Purchase Obligation and its compliance, 3rd amendment 2017 on 24th March 2017.

 

Quantum of Renewable Power Purchase Obligation (RPPO)

 

Since Himachal Pradesh mostly thrives on the energy produced through Hydropower, the state will be a beneficiary since RPO is excluded from RPO obligation as per the regulation.

The graph below shows the total and type of energy consumption by the state of Himachal Pradesh. The data has been derived from CEA Report.

 

Almost 3/4th energy of the total consumption comes from the Hydro Power. Its an added advantage for the state that RPO is exempted from the power consumed through Hydro sources, thus this in turn will reduce the cost of power from the state.

The graph below gives a comparison between the MoP recent RPO Trajectory and HPERC’s earlier RPO Trajectory:

HPERC for computing Renewable purchase obligation for a year of obligated has included  the transmission and distribution losses within the state in the following manner:

  • In case the electricity is purchased by such obligated entity from sources outside state , the electricity at state periphery shall be considered as the consumption of obligated entity

  • In case the electricity is purchased or generated from generating sources located within the state the electricity injected at the generating bus bar shall be considered as its consumption

The above given clauses are against the law of Electricity Act 2003 as for computing renewable purchase obligation total consumption has to taken under consideration excluding the transmission and distribution losses.

The Supreme Court order on RPO dated 13th May 2015 has taken into consideration the word “ Total Consumption” which also has been used in Electricity Act 2003. One can find below the reference from the act Section 86 (e):

promote cogeneration and generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy by providing suitable measures for connectivity with the grid and sale of electricity to any person, and also specify, for purchase of electricity from such sources, a percentage of the total consumption of electricity in the area of a distribution licence;

 The regulation can be accessed 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.

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.

  • Posted on July 29th, 2016
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MNRE Issues Notice on RPO compliance

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in collaboration with Government of India has made a great initiative by spreading the message about RPO and the need for its compliance through Times of India.  The Government highlights that all the obligated entities must comply with their RPO by March 15-16 since this trading session will be the last trading session of the compliance year, whose result calls for stricter enforcement by states. The Times of India’s article can be viewwd below

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