Haryana power companies fail to achieve green power obligation
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has been laying emphasis on generating renewable energy and the government has set a target to generate 400 MW of green energy by 2020.The situation on the ground though seems pretty disappointing.
The state’s power regulator recently pointed out that Haryana’s two energy distribution companies have failed to achieve the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) target and have also not purchased any renewable energy certificates to fulfil their RPO. As per the regulator, the shortfall in meeting the renewable purchase obligation in financial year 2014-15 was about 803 million units while it was about 860 million units in 2013-14. In its June 18 order on a petition filed by the companies seeking relaxation or carry forward of the RPO for 2014-15, the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) said that regulations provided for RPO targets from 2013-14 to 2020-21 financial years as well as an alternate mechanism for their fulfillments the renewable energy certificates.
The distribution companies on the other hand cited shortfall in the availability of renewable energy in Haryana on which they have no control. They also submitted that the RPO mandated by the Commission was far higher than the existing or planned renewable power capacity within Haryana. The companies said that given their present financial position, purchasing renewable energy certificates without any corresponding power flow would put avoidable burden on the power consumers. “The availability of renewable energy sources is dependent on the potential of renewable energy generation in Haryana and outside. It’s a fact that besides solar power plants mostly under Jawaharlal Nehru national solar mission (JNNSM), three bio-mass based power plants, three micro hydel power plants and a few bagasse based co-generation plants, not may renewable power plants have come up in Haryana nor are in the pipeline’’ the companies said.
During the public hearing, the distribution companies told the regulator they have signed power purchase agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India for purchase of 80 MW of solar power, besides issuance of a letter of intent for purchase of 50 MW of solar power etc. The companies also said that the Haryana Power Purchase Centre (HPPC) floated tender for purchase of 100 MW non-solar power but it could not mature due to poor response from bidders.
“The HPPC will explore the possibility of purchasing wind power from Maharashtra and Orissa. It has purchased about 241 million units of hydro power on short term basis from Himachal Pradesh in 2014-15 and issued letter of intent to Himachal Pradesh for purchase of 100 million units of small hydro power from June to September, 2015. The HPPC was trying hard to meet the solar RPO targets in the forthcoming years and has tied up for 157 MW solar power,’’ the companies said.