Jharkhand fails to meet renewable energy purchase target | Ranchi News

Jharkhand fails to meet renewable energy purchase target |  Ranchi News
Ranchi: Jharkhand has been a habitual defaulter in complying with the renewable energy purchase obligation (RPO) as ordered by the Center to achieve the ambitious dream of 175 GW of energy through renewable sources by 2022.
The RPO is a mechanism by which obligated entities, which include discoms, open access consumers, and captive power producers, are required to purchase a certain percentage of electricity from Renewable energy sources, as a percentage of total electricity consumption. RPOs are classified into solar and non-solar. Aiming to reach the target of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, including the solar capacity of 100 GW, the Ministry of Energy (MoP) has notified the trajectory of the target RPO until the year 2022 for all states and Territories. of the Union.
The obligation for Jharkhand, as of the year 2010-11, of renewable energy was set at 2% of the net energy consumption of 16,443.84 million units at that time. From this 2%, the category division of 0.25% solar was corrected, corresponding to 41.11 million units and 1.75% of non-solar corresponding to 287.77MU.
While not a single unit of solar energy was purchased resulting in a deficit of the entire obligation of 41.11MU, in the non-solar category 46.88 MU of energy was purchased, which indicates a deficit of 240.89MU in 2010-11. The short fall trend has continued throughout the process. In 2016-17 the solar and non-solar obligation was set at 1.80% corresponding to 370.88 MU and 3.50% corresponding to 721.16MU respectively.
In comparison, achievement was 98.15 MU and 120.30 MU in both categories, respectively, indicating an overall deficit of 873.59 MU.
Achievement deteriorated further in 2017-18, when the solar and non-solar obligation was set at 3.75% and 4% of net consumption, respectively, corresponding to 290.96 MU and 310.35 MU and not a single unit was purchased in any of the categories, resulting in a deficit of the entire 601.31 MU.
The Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JSERC) notified the JSERC (Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation and Compliance) Regulations (First Amendment), 2021 on January 21 of this year, thus setting the annual target for RPO. According to the new notification, the total obligation of 21% divided equally between 10.50% of solar and non-solar energy will be included in 2021-22. It should be increased to 23% by 2022-23 and more to 25% of net energy consumption by 2023-24.
The Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) is the state agency charged with achieving the given goal and submitting its quarterly compliance report to the commission.
To date, the commission is missing without a president, secretary or members, so the agency is not sure where to file compliance reports.
Project manager JREDA Bijay Kumar Sinha said the agency is working on three types of projects to harness solar energy: the top of the canal, the roof of government buildings, and the installation of solar-powered water pumps in farmers’ fields.
“The 2MW solar plant at the top of the canal, the 3MW solar plant for the airport and a 150MW floating panel solar plant from SECI are in the pipeline, while around 23MW collective on the rooftop connect solar power plants. in government buildings, around 16MW of off-grid plants in Deoghar and Seraikela and about 2MW of rooftop plants have been commissioned in private buildings, ”he said.

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