Indian government encourages industry leaders to set targets for going green

The union power and new and renewable energy minister, Mr R K Singh chaired a meeting with the industry and other stakeholders in New Delhi on green energy open access rules. The meeting was held in the hybrid mode. Over 500 participants attended the meeting virtually and about 50 were present physically. The participants raised various problems faced by them with regard to green energy open access rules. The Indian government notified Electricity (Promoting Renewable Energy Through Green Energy Open Access) Rules, 2022 in June 2022  to further accelerate India’s ambitious renewable energy programmes with the objective of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and green energy for all.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh called upon the industry leaders to set targets for going green and take advantage of the provisions of green energy open access rules to get green power at reasonable rates and also contribute to a greener and sustainable environment. Singh also asked the industry stakeholders to inform the government of such cases where the green energy open access rules are not being followed in letter and spirit so that the government can take up the issue with the concerned agencies and if required, take penal actions. The industry was assured of all possible help including resolution of regulatory, policy, evacuation infrastructure, connectivity, GNA amongst many others as required for adoption of green energy open access rules by industry.

Recently, in April 2023, The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) issued the Renewable Energy Implementing Agency (REIAs)-wise bidding calendar for the financial year 2023-24. The REIAs comprise of SECI, NTPC, NHPC & SJVN and are requested to coordinate with other REIAs for floating of tenders and opening of bids to avoid concurrent bids. As per the issued order,the bidding capacity allocated to SECI, NTPC, NHPC, and SJVN are 15 GW, 15 GW, 10 GW and 10 GW respectively.