JK fails to meet Renewable Power Obligation targets

JK fails to meet Renewable Power Obligation targets

The agencies, sources said, submitted only electricity generated through hydro power projects, whereas tapping of solar, wind and other green sources of energy remain untouched.

Electricity starved Jammu and Kashmir has failed to meet Renewable Power Obligation targets despite lapse of four years since the state, in 2010, started the exercise to tap potential available in deferent areas of the state.

Sources told Greater Kashmir that due to the lethargic approach of various agencies associated with the project, the state has failed to meet renewable power obligation targets.

“In 2011, JKSERC issued notification, wherein it designated four major state agencies for accreditation and recommending renewable energy projects in the State for registration and to undertake functions as provided in the Jammu & Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Renewable Purchase Obligation and its compliance) Regulations, 2010,” sources said, adding that in the four years no headway has been made to achieve the target set at just, “3 to 5 percent portion of the total energy generated”. 

The agencies, sources said, submitted only electricity generated through hydro power projects, whereas tapping of solar, wind and other green sources of energy remain untouched.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, JKSERC secretary Abdul Hamid said that Commission is working on to rope in different state agencies, associated with the project to tap the available potential.

“As far as renewable energy is concerned, we are dealing with only Hydro and Solar. JKSERC can only outsource projects to the different state agencies, which can generate power and then distribute it,” he said adding the efforts are on to involve these agencies, “As this project is in its early stage, we cannot penalize any one for not complying orders”.

He further said, the commission is seeing the availability and potential from where and how to generate the targeted renewable power.

As per official announcement, the Commission designated Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC), Jammu & Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA), Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency (LREDA) and Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) for this project of meeting renewable power obligation targets.

Taking dig at the lenient approach of the state government in expediting this project, JKSERC officer said, “Even after the lapse of four years, the associated state agencies submitted that due to financial constraints it was difficult for them to purchase Renewable Energy to meet Renewable Power Obligation”. He added that the financial approval for purchase of renewable energy has already been given, “But Power Development Department has failed to pursue the process,” he maintained.

Seeing no development in the project, the JKSERC issued another notification, wherein the Commission designated State Power Development Corporation as the Agency for accreditation and recommending renewable energy projects in the state for registration.

However, when contacted, state agencies, associated with the project, including SPDC, passed buck over the progress of project.

“I cannot comment about the progress of renewable energy project, as we are not entitled to purchase it and it is the prerogative of Power Development Department (PDD),” said Managing Director PDC, Mehraj Kakroo.

When contacted PDD chief engineer, Shehnaz Goni said that their job was to distribute the electricity. “The notification was directed to PDC and they will better tell about it” she added.