RERC makes RPO compliance in Rajasthan easy and efficient.

By Oliver Townsend Jun 10, 2024
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When it comes to renewable energy compliance in Rajasthan, the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has taken significant steps to streamline the process for Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) for obligated entities in the state. By setting specific targets for the fiscal years from 2024-25 to 2029-30, the RERC aims to drive the adoption of renewable energy sources in the region. This article will delve into the key aspects of Rajasthan’s Renewable Energy Compliance and the RERC’s approach to RPOs.

Rajasthan’s Renewable Energy Compliance Regulations

The RERC has categorized RPO targets for Distribution Companies (Discoms) into ‘Wind RPO,’ ‘HPO,’ and ‘other RPO’ categories. Similarly, Captive Power Plants/Open Access (CPP/OA) consumers with a capacity of 1 MW and above have been assigned single RPO targets. In previous periods, RPO targets were defined under the RERC (Renewable Energy Obligation) Regulations, 2007, with technology-specific targets for wind, solar, and biomass for Discoms.

RERC’s Framework for RPO Compliance

In addition to the RPO targets, the RERC has outlined the Renewable Energy Certificate and Renewable Purchase Obligation Compliance Framework Regulations, 2010. These regulations provide guidelines for meeting RPO targets through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). Recent updates from the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) have introduced new REC regulations, eliminating distinctions between solar and non-solar RECs and introducing a multiplier concept.

Addressing Challenges in RPO Fulfillment

Recognizing the national scope of the REC mechanism and the shift towards single technology-agnostic RECs in energy exchanges, the RERC has responded to requests to address challenges in fulfilling technology-specific RPOs. By directing obligated entities to meet their RPOs through RECs under the new CERC REC Regulations, the RERC aims to ensure consistency in compliance and align with national-level regulations.

The Transition Towards Renewable Energy

By adapting to changes in the REC market and simplifying the compliance process, the RERC aims to facilitate the transition towards renewable energy sources in Rajasthan. This streamlined approach not only promotes the use of clean energy but also ensures regulatory coherence and alignment with national energy goals. The RERC’s efforts in renewable energy compliance signify a positive step towards a sustainable and greener future for Rajasthan.

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