ACHIEVING 12% GREEN ELECTRICITY BY 2017 - STAKEHOLDERS' WORKSHOP

WISE undertook the study titled ‘Achieving 12% Green Electricity by 2017’ supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, New Delhi, with financial assistance from Climate Works Foundation, USA. The basic objective of the study was to determine how the national RE target of 15% RE by 2020 specified in the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) can be achieved (See pg. nos. 15–20) for details of the study). In order to strengthen the draft further and obtain gainful insights in enhancing its contents, WISE organised a multi-stakeholder workshop in New Delhi on 30 May 2011. The workshop was chaired by B K Chaturvedi, Member (Energy), Planning Commission, Govt of India, and the Guests of Honour included Dr Pramod Deo, Chairperson, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC); Ajai Vikram Singh, Former Secretary, Ministries of Defence & MNRE, and Chairman, WISE; Deepak Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Seema Paul, CEO, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation; and G M Pillai, Founder Director General, WISE. The workshop was attended by around 45 extremely senior, multisectoral stakeholders representing the government, electricity regulatory commissions, RE industry (manufacturers and developers), RE associations, research institutions and consultancy firms.

Addressing the audience, Mr Chaturvedi stressed the need for designing policies in such a way that they serve as an incentive to people to set up RE power projects. He said that an enabling environment should be created for the private sector for accelerating RE development. He added that in order to facilitate solar power development in the country, it is necessary to increase solar equipment manufacturing. Concluding the Chief Guest’s Address, Mr Chaturvedi lauded WISE on conducting such a study and being ambitious enough to create a pathway for achieving 15% RE by 2020. He mentioned that if RE costs could be brought down by increasing the manufacturing base, the capacity envisaged by WISE (100 GW–125 GW by 2020) could be feasible. He opined that it is important to have an ambitious target as this would result in endeavouring to achieve the goal successfully, if not, at least partially. He added that setting and trying to achieve higher goals was always better than setting lower targets that would result in achieving lower goals.

In his address, Dr Pramod Deo referred to the study on ‘RPO trajectory’ commissioned by the Forum of Regulators (FoR) which concludes that 10% national RPO can be achieved by 2015. He pointed out that the National Action Plan on Climate Change presumes that solar will become grid-competitive over time, and therefore realisation of renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets under NAPCC is dependent on solar power development under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). Commenting on theREtargets set under the Integrated Energy Policy (IEP) and the Interim Report on Low Carbon Economy prepared by the Planning Commission, GoI, Dr. Deo expressed his dissatisfaction at the poor targets set for RE development in both the reports which did not consider the future potential and
technological developments in the RE sector.

The workshop ended with fruitful discussions cum interaction between the panelists and the participants, which resulted in bringing to the fore crucial aspects for meeting the NAPCC objective. The final report has been submitted to the Planning Commission in July 2011.