Most states fail to meet green power purchase targets for 2011-12

Most state electricity distribution utilities have failed to meet their renewable energy purchase obligation for 2011-2012, experts say, citing poor policy enforcement and lack of awareness as reason.

As per data, Rajasthan procured 276 mw of solar power in 2011-12, against its target of 62 mw, while Chhattisgarh and Gujarat met 97% and 52% of their solar power requirements, respectively. In the non-solar segment, procurement was negligible despite supply exceeding demand.

According to the India Energy Exchange, while solar power is costly and suffers from supply shortfall, non-solar sources of energy (wind, biomass) have few takers due to lack of steady returns. This has also affected the renewable energy certificate (REC) regime, the power-trading platform says.

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