Centre Launches Green Term Ahead Market(GTAM) For Renewable Energy Sector

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News: Union Power Minister has launched a pan-India Green Term Ahead Market(GTAM) in electricity as a first step towards greening the Indian short term power market.

Facts:

  • GTAM: It is an alternative new model introduced for selling off the power by the renewable developers in the open market without getting into long term PPAs.
    • It aims to benefit buyers of RE through competitive prices and transparent and flexible procurement.Sellers will also be benefitted by getting access to Pan India Market.
  • Features:
    • Transactions through GTAM will be bilateral in nature with clear identification of corresponding buyers and sellers.
    • The GTAM contracts will be segregated into Solar RPO( Renewable purchase obligation) & Non-Solar RPO.
    • The market will offer trade in four types of green term-ahead contracts i.e. Green Intra-day contracts, Day-ahead Contingency contracts, Daily Contracts and Weekly contracts.
  • Significance:
    • The GTAM platform would lessen the burden on RE-rich States and incentivize them to develop RE capacity beyond their own RPO.
    • GTAM platform will lead to an increase in the number of participants in the renewable energy sector.
    • It would promote Renewable Energy(RE) merchant capacity addition and help in achieving RE capacity addition targets of the country.

Additional Facts:

  • Renewable Purchase Obligation(RPO): It mandates all electricity distribution licensees should purchase or produce a minimum specified quantity of their requirements from Renewable Energy Sources.