MoP issues draft notification on renewable generation obligation

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued draft notification on renewable generation obligation (RGO).

As per the draft, designated consumers, including coal/lignite-based power stations, are required to supplement their conventional energy generation with a minimum supply of renewable energy. This obligation can be fulfilled by either establishing renewable energy generation capacity or procuring and supplying renewable energy. The plants whose commercial operational date was before March 31, 2023, need 6 per cent RGO compliance by April 1, 2026. Meanwhile, the same plants have been asked to increase their RGO to 10 percent by April 1, 2028. The RGO is calculated annually as a percentage of renewable energy generation in both conventional and renewable sources. Any shortfall in meeting this target results in penalties under the Energy Conservation Act, 2001. The ministry has sought comments on the draft within 15 days.