MERC denies exemption to SAIL from mandatory use of RE
The plea of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) to exempt its Chandrapur plant from mandatory use of renewable energy as 6 per cent of total consumption has been dismissed by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC).
However, SAIL can file a proper application after securing approval from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), an order by MERC Chairman VP Raja and member Vijay Sonavane states.
Intending to increase power generation from renewable sources of energy, the commission had formulated MERC (renewable purchase obligation, its compliance and implementation of REC framework) Regulations, 2010 which makes it mandatory for companies to also generate renewable power up to 7 per cent of their total consumption.
Besides, it also mandates power distribution companies to buy 7 per cent of its total purchase from renewable sources while industries running plants on captive power plants had to purchase 6 per cent of their total consumption from renewable sources.