RPO Target For Augmented Capacity Must Be Equal To RPO Target Applicable: MERC

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Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) passed an order on waiver of difficulty in RPO-REC Regulations

Captive Power Producers Association (CPPA) has filed the Petition and main prayers were a) The Commission be pleased to relax or waive the provisions of the MERC RPO Regulations, 2016 to give effect to and implement the Government of India, Ministry of Power’s circular dated 01.02.2019 and 01.10.2019 so as to ensure capping of the RPO for captive power plants as per the Ministry of Power’s Clarification orders. b) In alternative to other prayers,  Commission be pleased to issue orders and practice directions to give effect to and implement the Government of India, Ministry of Power’s circular dated 01.02.2019 and 01.10.2019, so as to ensure capping of the RPO for captive power plants as per the Ministry of Power’s Clarification orders. c) In alternative to other prayers, the Petitioner prays that, this Commission be pleased to remove difficulty by general of specific orders, to give effect to and implement the Government of India, Ministry of Power’s circular dated 01.02.2019 and 01.10.2019 so as to ensure capping of the RPO for captive power plants as per the Ministry of Power’s Clarification orders. 

Commission states that in exercise of power under Regulation 19 of RPO-REC Regulations 2016, the Commission rules that the composite RPO targets for the CPPs commissioned before 1 April 2016 shall be 9% for the Operating Period of such Regulations, Provided that in case of any augmentation of the Captive Generating Plant, the RPO target for augmented capacity shall be equal to the RPO target applicable for the year in which such augmented capacity has been commissioned.

MEDA has also requested to provide the bifurcation of the composite target of 9%, in terms of Solar and Non-Solar sources. In this regard, the Commission notes that the Solar and Non-Solar targets are subjected to the RPO targets notified by the Commission for FY 2015-16. Accordingly, for the projects commissioned before 1 April, 2016, the Solar and Non-Solar targets shall be 0.5% and 8.5% respectively, subjected to the provisions for cross-over of one source to another, as provided in the RPO-REC Regulations 2016 and 2019. 

To know more about the order refer to the document below:

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