Chhattisgarh announces draft renewable purchase obligations regulations for 2021-26

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has released a draft notification for the state’s renewable purchase obligation (RPO) and renewable energy certificates (REC) framework regulations for 2021-26. The regulations will apply to all discoms, open access consumers, and captive power users in the state. Under the regulations, distribution licensees will have their RPOs computed based on low-voltage, high-voltage and extra-high-voltage sales. For co-located captive users and end users that are not captive users, RPOs will be computed based on gross generation after subtracting auxiliary consumption and total energy injected into the grid. For non-co-located captive users, RPO targets will be based on the actual energy consumed by the captive generating project. For open access consumers, targets will be based on their energy consumption. Renewable projects that were commissioned during the control period will be given the option to follow either the tariff structure and other conditions as per CSERC’s tariff regulations or the REC mechanism for power pricing. Projects that opt for the preferential tariff or the REC mechanism will have to continue with their choice for the entire tariff period or until the power purchase agreement expires, whichever is later.

Renewable projects that were commissioned during the control period will be given the option to follow either the tariff structure and other conditions per the CSERC’s tariff regulations or the REC mechanism for power pricing from the project. Projects that opt for either the preferential tariff or the REC mechanism will have to continue with their choice for the entire tariff period or up until the power purchase agreement expires, whichever is later.
The Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency was announced as the designated state agency for accrediting and recommending renewable energy projects for registration. They will be required to publish a summary statement of renewable energy procurement and RPO compliance by relevant entities by April 15, 2021.

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