Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has changed its policy on renewable purchase obligation (RPO). It now includes wind energy and moves solar energy to the other RPO’ category.
These modifications were made in accordance to the Ministry of Power (MoP), regulations.
The new RPO trajectory will be in effect from 2024. This is because the RPO targets for the financial year 2023 were based on the existing trajectory as outlined in the HERC’s 2021 renewable regulations.
The regulator stated that wind energy RPOs can be met using energy produced by wind projects built after March 31, 2022. RPO may also be satisfied if wind energy is consumed in excess of 7 percent of total wind energy from wind projects that were completed prior to March 31, 2022. Any shortfall in meeting other RPOs within a year may be compensated by excess energy from wind power projects completed after March 31, 2022. This wind power must exceed the annual wind RPO.
The regulator stated that the hydropower purchase obligation (HPO), could only be met if large hydropower projects, including pumped hydro projects (PHP), were completed after March 8, 2019. You can also meet the RPO obligation by using energy from eligible projects (including PHP) that exceed the HPO for the year or combining them. You can make up any shortfall in wind RPO by using more energy from hydropower plants that the HPO for the year. HPO compliance will not be granted to hydropower imported from outside India.
The Energy Storage Obligation (ESO) will be treated as fulfilled only when at least 85% of the total energy stored in the Energy Storage System (ESS), on an annual
basis, is procured from renewable energy sources.
The Energy Storage Obligation to the extent of energy stored from RE sources will be considered as a part of fulfilment of the total RPO also.
The Energy Storage Obligation will be reviewed periodically considering the commissioning/operation of PSP capacity, to accommodate any new promising commercially viable Energy Storage technologies and also reduction in cost of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).
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