According to reports, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has finally issued regulations for the Renewable Purchase Obligation. Although the regulations are still in the draft from and could be revised before a final regulation is issued, the development is more than welcome as all states have issued RPO regulations.
The DERC has issued RPO targets for FY 2011-12 to FY 2016-17. For FY 2011-12, the total RPO would be 2% of the state’s power consumption during the financial year. Of this, 0.1% would be reserved for solar power. The RPO targets increase by 140 basis points every year starting from FY12 to reach 9% by FY17. The solar RPO targets increase 5 basis points annually.
The DERC has spared the small-scale captive power and open access consumers from the RPO targets. Captive power generators registered non-renewable power consumption of less than 5 MW and open access users with registered power consumption of less than 1 MW would not be required to fulfill these RPO targets.