Himachal Pradesh increases state’s RPO

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has revised the state’s RPOs upwards to 7.25 per cent for solar and 10.25 per cent for non-solar for financial year 2019-20. Further, it has set the solar RPO for 2020-21 at 8.75 per cent and non-solar RPO at 10.25 per cent. For the year 2021-22, both the solar and non-solar RPOs have been set at 10.5 per cent. The revisions were notified in the recently issued HPERC (Renewable Power Purchase Obligation and its Compliance) (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2018. The new regulations are applicable to the state’s discoms as well as any person consuming electricity procured from conventional sources through open access third-party sale, or any person installing a captive generation project of more than 1 MVA capacity. The RPO applies to the total electricity consumption by an obligated entity, excluding consumption from hydro. Moreover, the HPERC has stated that in case solar RPO compliance is 85 per cent or above, the remaining shortfall, if any, can be met by excess non-solar energy purchased beyond the specified non-solar RPO for that year and vice versa.