In exercise of power conferred by Clause 9.1 of "Renewable Energy Delivery Policy, 2013" approved by Financial and Infrastructure Committee of the Council of Ministers of Nepal dated 2069/10/14 (January 27, 2013), the Ministry has framed this mechanism.

The government has decided to sell the project on

The state government has decided to sell unprofitable Potteru small hydro electric project (SHEP) having 6 MW generating capacity as part of its wasteful expenditure minimisation plan. “Due to insufficient flow of water and weak embankment of the canal, the project is not feasible to generate more than 1.5 MW. The area is heavily naxal affected and Rs 52 lakh per year is being spent for watch and ward. Government approval has been taken for selling the SHEP,” the state energy secretary revealed during the interdepartmental coordination committee of secretaries recently.

The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC) has announced the rates at which independent producers of electricity from renewable sources could sell electricity to Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and other distribution licensees in the State.

The rates are Rs.4.88 per unit in the case of small hydroelectric projects with installed capacity of less than 5 MW and Rs.4.16 per unit in the case of those with installed capacity of between 5 and 25 MW.

The country has a small-hydro power (SHP) potential of about 15.4 GW. Of this, only 22 per cent (3.4 GW) was developed as of March 2012. The main reason for the slow growth is the lack of funding opportunities for the segment owing to the risks and challenges associated with SHP project development. These include a long gestation period, the lack of large developers and the absence of a strong regulatory framework.

Small-hydro power (SHP) capacity of about 2,400 MW has been added in the past 15 years. However, developer interest in the segment has decreased in recent years.

As of mid-October 2012, India's small-hydro power (SHP) capacity stood at 3,434 MW. Of this, about 1,850 MW across 600 projects has been developed by the state sector. Though private sector participating in the SHP segment has been increasing over the last few years, the role of state agencies in the growth of the SHP segment is expected to be critical.

A small-hydro power (SHP) developer can either sell power directly to the state utilities at feed-in-tariffs determined by the state or indirectly through renewable energy certificate (REC) trading. In the latter case, the power generated is sold to the state discom at the average power purchase cost (APPC) or used for captive consumption and/or third party sale at marked-based prices.

The state of Tamil Nadu is rich in renewable energy (RE) sources, especially wind and solar. Currently, approximately one-third of the country’s installed RE capacity exists in Tamil Nadu alone.

Kerala is endowed with vast small hydro power potential to the tune of about 700 MW. Government of Kerala has issued several guidelines from time to time for the development of small hydro power project since 1992. The measures have encouraged private investment to harness green energy from natural resources.

Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that besides various concessions for generation of renewable energy in Madhya Pradesh, the State Government is giving other facilities including i