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Delhi fails to meet renewable energy target

                                                                                                         The Hindu, New Delhi, 23th April, 2013

Delhi has emerged as one of the worst performers amongst 29 States and Union Territories in meeting power requirements through renewable energy with zero per cent achievement of its Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) target, according to a Greenpeace report released on Monday.

“Delhi is the worst in terms of performance. Zero per cent achievement of its RPO target places the Capital in the last ranks. As the National Capital it should be a trend-setter but it has set a trend in the reverse direction,” Greenpeace India Senior Energy Campaigner and lead author of the report Abhishek Pratap said.

RPO refers to the obligation imposed by law on some entities to buy electricity generated by specified ‘green’ sources.

According to the report ‘Powering Ahead on Renewables: Leaders and Laggards’, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has formulated a very conservative RPO target with no serious efforts to meet it and there are no State-level policies specific to renewable energy.