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Green Energy Open Access Rules, 2022

GS Paper 3

 Syllabus: Economy: Energy/ Environment

 

Source: PIB

 Context: Union Power & NRE Ministry, urged industry leaders to set green targets and report violations of Green Energy Open Access Rules.

 

What is Open Access?

Open Access (OA) means non-discriminatory access to electricity transmission and distribution system

 

What are Green Open Access Rules?

 It refers to regulations and guidelines implemented by the Government of India to promote the generation, purchase, and consumption of green energy.

  • The Ministry of Power notified the Electricity (Promoting Renewable Energy through Green Energy Open Access) Rules, 2022 in June 2022.

 

About the Rules:

Description
Aim To ensure affordable, reliable, sustainable, and green energy for all and promote clean and green energy in India
Features ·        Any consumer with a connected load of 100 kW or above can get Renewable Energy through open access from any Renewable Energy generating plant

·        Open access to stakeholders—traders, Power Exchanges, National / Regional / State Load Despatch Centres, and Central/State transmission utilities.

·        Timeline: The open access has to be granted within 15 days or else it will be deemed to have been granted.

·        Consumers may demand a supply of Green Power from DISCOMs.

·        Commercial and Industrial consumers are allowed to purchase green power on a voluntary basis.

·        There shall be a uniform Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO). Also, Green Hydrogen/Green Ammonia is included for the fulfilment of its RPO.

·        Promoting generation, purchase and consumption of green energy including from Waste-to-Energy plants

Significance It provides a transparent, simplified, uniform and streamlined procedure for granting open access to green energy. Also, it facilitates the deepening of electricity markets and enables the integration of Renewable Energy (RE) resources into the grid.
India’s Status India is contributing only 3.5 per cent to the global emission despite having about 17 per cent of the world’s population. India is leading the clean energy transition globally and has the fastest growth of RE capacity addition.

 

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Mains Links

“Despite an increase in renewable energy capacity, India still heavily depends on fossil fuels for its energy security”. What measures need to be taken to increase the pace of renewable adoption in India? Discuss. (15M)

 

Prelims Links:

With reference to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA), which of the following statements is/are correct? (UPSC CSE 2015)

  1. It is a Public Limited Government Company.
  2. It is a Non-Banking Financial Company.

 

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Answer: C