UPSC PRELIMS 2020: Dispute Resolution Mechanism For Wind/Solar Sector

Dispute Resolution Mechanism For Wind or Solar Sector

Topic: Dispute Resolution Mechanism For Wind/Solar Sector

Topic in Syllabus: Energy & Infrastructure

 

Context:

Dispute Resolution Mechanism For Wind or Solar Sector

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy approved the setting up of a dispute resolution mechanism for disputes between solar/ wind power developers, and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

 

Key highlights 

  • Under the mechanism, a three member Dispute Resolution Committee will be set up.  The Committee members will be eminent persons located in the NCR of Delhi.
  • This mechanism will be applicable for all solar/ wind schemes and projects being implemented by the SECI/NTPC.

 

The Committee will consider the following type of cases:

  • All cases of appeals against decisions given by SECI on extension of time requests based on the terms of contract, and
  • All requests for extension not covered under the terms of contract.
  • The recommendations of the Committee and the Ministry’s observations will be placed before the Minister for New and Renewable Energy for final decision.

 

About Solar Energy Corporation of India

Solar Energy Corporation of India ltd (SECI) is a CPSU under the administrative control of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), set up on 20th Sept, 2011 to facilitate the implementation of JNNSM and achievement of targets set therein. It is the only CPSU dedicated to the solar energy sector. It was originally incorporated as a section-25 (not for profit) company under the Companies Act, 1956.

 

About National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)

NTPC is India’s largest power utility with an installed capacity of 55,126 MW (including JVs), plans to become a 130 GW company by 2032.

Established in 1975, NTPC aims to be the world’s largest and best power major.

NTPC has comprehensive Rehabilitation & Resettlement and CSR policies well integrated with its core business of setting up power projects and generating electricity.

 

Significance:

The company is committed to generating reliable power at competitive prices in a sustainable manner by optimising the use of multiple energy sources with innovative eco-friendly technologies thereby NTPC is contributing to the economic development of the nation and upliftment of the society.

 

Sample Question:

Which among the following have a large amount of installed grid interactive renewable power capacity in India?
a) Wind power
b) Solar power
c) Biomass power
d) Small Hydro power

 

Answer: a

Explanation: Wind power having capacity 29000 MW holds 56.8%, Solar power having capacity 9500 MW holds 18.5%, Biomass power having capacity 8200 MW holds 16%, Small Hydro power having capacity 4400 MW holds 8.5%.