Topic – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation
4) What are Renewable Purchase Obligations and examine issues in effectively meeting RPO targets?(250 words)
Why this question
This article discusses what RPOs are and the issues arising in fulfilment of RPOs. In the present context, when climate change is such a big concern, and there is a significant push towards renewables, RPOs are an effective means of ensuring growth of renewables. Hence this question.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to explain what RPOs are, their purpose, the issues being faced in fulfilment of RPOs and how to address those issues.
Examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any .
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Explain the current context where global warming is such a huge threat, and there is a need to push renewables.
- Explain what RPOs are – provide a fillip to the ambitious renewable energy targets, obligations have been imposed on certain entitles to purchase energy from renewable sources by various state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) based on each state’s varying renewable energy potentials. Known as renewable purchase obligations (RPOs), power distribution companies, captive power plants and other large electricity consumers are bound to meet them by purchasing a certain percentage of their requirements from renewable energy sources.
- Discuss the issues in RPO fulfilment – restriction in trading of RPOs etc
- Discuss how can we resolve these issues
Conclusion – emphasize on the importance of RPO and the need for ensuring compliance.