Renewable Energy Certificates and Renewable Purchase Obligations PDF Print E-mail

ANERT is designated as the State Agency for Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO) and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in Kerala.

Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) mandates that all electricity distribution licensees should purchase or produce a minimum specified quantity of their requirements from Renewable Energy Sources. This is as per the Indian Electricity Act, 2003. The State Electricity Regulatory Commissions fix the minimum RPO for the State. The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has notified revised RPO (Regulation of 2015) of 4.5% from 2016, increasing by 0.5% every year. Of this total RPO, minimum of 10% has to be from solar energy. The RPO is now applicable for Open Access Consumers and Captive Consumers who has generating plant with a capacity above one megawatt, generating electricity except from renewable sources or by cogeneration processes.

(Earlier the KSERC had specified a total RPO of 3% for distribution licensees in 2010. Of this, 2.75% is to be met from non-solar sources and 0.25% from solar energy. The RPO increases by 10% of 3% every year, up to a maximum of 10%.)

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Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are a mechanism for incentivicing producers of electricity from renewable energy sources.  The relevant regulations have been put in place by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).  Producers (minimum capacity 250 kW) who have a metered facility, and enjoy no concessions or benefits, can apply for accreditation with the state agency. Once they are accredited, they can register with the national agency -- National Load Dispatch Centre (NLDC). The registered generators can then obtain RECs for each MWh of electricity generation. The energy generation details are provided to the national agency by the State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC).  The entire processing, from application, accreditation, registration, to uploading of energy generation details, is handled online with the software available at the website of REC Registry - www.recregistryindia.nic.in.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 FEB 2017 16:52
 

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