India proposes new green energy rules to promote renewable power

The Indian government has proposed a “Draft Electricity (promoting renewable energy through Green Energy Open Access) Rules, 2021” for the purchase and consumption of green energy, including the energy from waste-to-energy plants. The union power ministry has put the draft online from August 16, seeking suggestions and comments from stakeholders within 30 days.


The draft rules identify green energy as electrical energy generated from renewable sources of energy for consumers, including industries that have a load of 100 kW (kilowatts) or more. The proposed rules mainly include a uniform Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), on all obligated entities that are – distribution licensees, open access consumers, and captive power consumers. If implemented appropriately these rules will provide the much-needed support for the growth of renewables to achieve the 2030 target.