CERC Extends Validity of RECs Due to Expire Between April and October 2019

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has extended the validity period of RECs which were due to expire between April 1, 2019, and October 31, 2019.

CERC RECs Validity

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has, in a big move for the renewable energy generators of solar and non-solar projects in the country who are involved in the trading of the Renewable Energy Certificates (REC), extended the validity period of such certificates which were due to expire between April 1, 2019, and October 31, 2019.

The commission in its order noted that “there are 1,21,888 RECs which have been issued prior to April 1, 2017, that are due to expire within the next six months. These include 8,307 Solar RECs and 1,13,581 Non Solar RECs. The Commission is of the view that there is a need to extend the validity of RECs which are due to expire up to October 31, 2019. And, will now be valid till December 31, 2019.”

The commission’s decision to extend the validity of the RECs will provide the sellers with eight REC trading sessions to finish the entire inventory. A strong move, as buyers are showing a greater interest in purchasing RECs issued before April 1, 2017, as their prices seem attractive. All non-solar RECs have been trading at a price near Rs 1,500/REC while all solar RECs have been trading around Rs 2,000/REC.

Recently, we reported that the sales of renewable energy certificates have dropped by about 65 percent to 3.68 lakh units in April as compared to 10.62 lakh in the same month last year due to lower supply, according to data released by the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) and Power Exchange of India (PXIL).

IEX saw total trade of 2.24 lakh in April, less than a third of what it managed in the same month last year with the sale of 7.81 lakh certificates. And, PXIL recorded sale of 1.44 lakh RECs in the month compared to 2.81 lakh a year ago.

As many as 1,61,949 units of non-solar RECs were traded at IEX, with sell bids for 3,51,915 units and buy bids for 6,97,502 units. Besides, 62,853 units of solar RECs were traded, with sell bids for 1,42,148 units and buy bids for 3,61,606 units in April. Both non-solar and solar RECs continued to suffer from buy bids again surpassing sell bids due to the lacking inventory in the country.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.