DERC issues draft regulation for green power purchase on discoms

The Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) consist of wind, hydro, and other forms of renewable energy.

DERC issues draft regulation for green power purchase on discoms

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has released its draft regulations for the renewable purchase obligation (RPO), mandating a 29.91 percent purchase of green energy this year for all stakeholders, including discoms. RPOs require all electricity distribution licensees to buy energy from renewable sources.

The Draft Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Renewable Purchase Obligation and Renewable Energy Certificate Framework Implementation) Regulations, 2024 has been issued by the DERC, which is seeking public comments till July 2, they said.

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Under the draft regulations released by the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC), all stakeholders including discoms, must comply with specified RPO targets as a percentage of their total annual consumption.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has set a Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) target of 29.91 percent for the year 2024-25 and 30.01 percent for the year 2025-26, as per the draft regulation. If obligated entities fail to meet these RPO targets, they will face a penalty of 10 paise per unit, according to officials.

The distributed RPO targets are in line with the Ministry of Power's notification under Section 14 of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001, dated October 20, 2023. Distributed RPO can be met through solar rooftop net metreing installations, officials said.

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The Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) consist of wind, hydro, and other forms of renewable energy.

Eligible consumers have the option to source green power from various channels such as purchasing from power exchanges through open access, requisitioning from discoms, obtaining from captive power plants, purchasing renewable energy certificates, self-generation, and more.

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