Srinagar: The power department has failed to procure the mandatory 6% of total electricity purchases in the form of new and renewable energy sources last year.
According to the Renewable Power Purchase Obligation (RPO) Regulations, 2011, the Power Development Department had to purchase 0.75% of its total power requirement in the form of solar power and 5.75% in the form of non-solar power such as mini-, micro-, and small-hydro plants, wind, bio-mass, bio-fuel generation and municipal waste.
Basharat Ahmad Dhar, chairman Jammu and Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission, said, “The commission notes with concern that the PDD has neither achieved the specified RPO targets nor opened a separate account for meeting the annual fixed obligation of renewable energy as directed by the SERC.”
The SERC has directed the PDD that the RPO targets should be achieved from this year and timely bids should be invited for this segment, while warning of a punishment in case of non-compliance.
The PDD had submitted before the commission that it had purchased only 201 Million Units out of the targeted 604 MU and the targeted solar power purchase could not be achieved.
The SERC has not released the money to the PDD for the unmet targets. The commission has also noted that achieving the targets will help the state move a step forward toward long-term energy needs.