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Union power minister RK Singh launched the Green Energy Open Access Portal on November 11 to increase the purchase of renewable energy (RE) in the country. The portal will allow renewable energy open access to any consumer with a connected load of 100 kW or above.
Ministry of Power and New and Renewable Energy in a statement said that any consumer with a connected load of 100 kW or above can get Renewable Energy through open access from any Renewable Energy generating plant set up by himself; or by any developer. The open access has to be granted within 15 days. The application for open access can be made on this portal.
The Minister, speaking on the occasion mentioned the importance of the transition to clean energy. The move is aimed at ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable, and green energy for all. The consumers can now get access to RE power easily.
He said that India is contributing only 3.5 per cent to the global emission despite having about 17 per cent of the world population and India is leading the clean energy transition globally and has the fastest growth of RE capacity addition.
Minster of State for Power, Shri Krishan Pal mentioned that the objective of the Green Open Access rules is to provide access to green energy generation, sale & purchase and consumption for RPO fulfilment. He mentioned that these rules will benefit the small consumers mostly and would remove bottlenecks in the administration of open access for renewable energy.
Shri Alok Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Power, mentioned the need of energy security with green and clean energy resources in the future. India is committed to meeting the NDC targets of 50% installed capacity from non-fossil fuel sources and is on the verge of ushering in a mass revolution in the green energy transition. The Green Energy Open Access rules support India’s vision of transition to clean energy with participation of all generators, DISCOMs, and other stakeholders. He mentioned about various reforms and actions being taken such as integrated transmission planning for renewables integration, carbon market, streamlining and harmonised captive consumption and banking for renewable energy.
The Nodal agencies shall post progress reports related to green energy open access to stakeholders through the portal.