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Arjun Joshi is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, he worked as a technical writer for enterprise resource software companies based in India and abroad. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Optional English from Garden City University, Bangalore. More articles from Arjun Joshi.

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Industry Expects Electric Vehicle Sales to Build on Blockbuster 2022

Industry Expects Electric Vehicle Sales to Build on Blockbuster 2022

The electric vehicle (EV) industry is entering the new year on the back of blockbuster sales in 2022 when it clocked one million units, a growth of over 300%, as ...
Regulator Allows Buying Wind Energy from Projects with Expired Agreements

Regulator Allows Buying Wind Energy from Projects with Expired Agreements

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has allowed Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) to procure 18.36 MW wind power at ₹2.65 (~$0.032)/kWh for 12 years from wind generators with expired ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Wind
DISCOMs Owe ₹274 Billion to Power Generators in December

DISCOMs Owed ₹274 Billion to Power Generators as of December 2022

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed power generators ₹273.93 billion (~$3.32 billion) in overdue payments for the monthly billing cycle at the end of December, according to Ministry of Power data. The ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Gujarat DISCOMs Seek Approval for A Steep Green Tariff at ₹9.89kWh

Gujarat DISCOMs Seek Approval for A Steep Green Tariff at ₹9.89/kWh

Gujarat's power distribution companies (DISCOMs) have petitioned the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) to approve a green tariff of ₹9.89 (~$0.12)/kWh in the true-up petition filed for the financial year ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan Regulator Allows DISCOM to Extend Wind Power Purchase Agreements

Rajasthan Regulator Allows DISCOM to Extend Wind Power Purchase Agreements

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has granted permission to Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam (RUVNL) to extend the power purchase agreements (PPA) with six wind projects for five years. The Commission ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Wind
Railways Issues Tender for 1.9 MW Rooftop Solar Projects in West Bengal

Railways Issues Tender for 1.9 MW Rooftop Solar Projects in West Bengal

The Eastern Railway has invited bids to install 1.9 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems across multiple sites in the Sealdah Division of West Bengal. The project’s estimated cost is ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Regulator Allows Solar Developer to Recover Interest on Extra Expenditure

Regulator Allows Solar Developer to Recover Interest on Extra Expenditure

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has allowed Adani Solar Energy Chitrakoot One (ASECOL) to recover the carrying cost of the additional expenditure the company incurred due to the ...
/ / Solar
Renewable Energy Trading on IEX Increases by 6% MoM in December

Renewable Energy Trading on IEX Increases by 6% MoM in December

The Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) traded 377 million units (MU) of renewable energy in December 2022, an 6% increase month-over-month (MoM) compared to 354 MU traded in the previous month ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Projects in Central Pool to Have Uniform Tariff for DISCOMs

Renewable Energy Projects in Central Pool to Have Uniform Tariff for DISCOMs

The Ministry of Power has amended the Electricity Rules providing guidelines to implement the uniform renewable energy tariff for the central pool of projects connected to interstate transmission systems (ISTS) ...
Germany Ups Ceiling Tariff by 25% After Poor Response to Renewable Auctions

Germany Ups Ceiling Tariff by 25% After Poor Response to Renewable Auctions

The underwhelming response to solar and wind auctions in 2022 has prompted the Bundestag (German Parliament) to allow the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) to raise the tariff cap by up ...
Electric Vehicle Sales Clocked a Record One Million Units in 2022

Electric Vehicle Sales Clocked a Record One Million Units in 2022

Electric vehicle (EV) sales in India reached a record one million units in 2022, a jump of over 300% against the 322,877 units sold in 2021. EVs accounted for 4.7% ...
Month in a Minute Top Headlines from Indian Renewable Sector in December 2022

Month in a Minute: Top Headlines from Indian Renewable Sector in December 2022

India installed around 596 MW of open access solar capacity in the third quarter (Q3) of the calendar year (CY) 2022, an increase of 91% year-over-year. The figure was revealed ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Meghalaya Regulator Exempts SECI Invites Bids to Install 666,250 Off Grid Solar Water Pumps Across IndiaCogeneration Consumer from RPO Compliance

SECI Invites Bids to Install 666,250 Off-Grid Solar Water Pumps Across India

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is inviting bids to commission 666,250 off-grid solar water pumps with a capacity of 1-10 HP in select states across India under Component-B ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Meghalaya Regulator Exempts Captive Cogeneration Consumer from RPO Compliance

Meghalaya Regulator Exempts Captive Cogeneration Consumer from RPO Compliance

The Meghalaya State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSERC) has allowed Dalmia Cement to offset its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) with the power generated from its waste heat recovery boiler (WHRB). Additionally, ...
Regulator Directs DISCOM to Pay Late Payment Surcharge to Wind Developer

Regulator Directs DISCOM to Pay Late Payment Surcharge to Wind Developer

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has directed MP Power Management Company (MPPMCL) to pay outstanding dues along with a late payment surcharge (LPS) to a wind developer for the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Wind
Regulator Restrains SECI from Encashing Solar Developer’s Bank Guarantee

Regulator Restrains SECI from Encashing Solar Developer’s Bank Guarantee

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has directed Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to return the performance bank guarantee to ReNew Power's subsidiaries. SECI had invoked the encashment ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Five Lowest Solar Tariffs in 2022 [Infographics]

Five Lowest Solar Tariffs in 2022 [Infographics]

Auction activity was robust in 2022, with 111.48 GW of solar capacity projects going under the hammer in 274 auctions. The lowest tariff discovered in 2022 was ₹2.29 (~$0.028)/kWh, an ...
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Seeks Bids for 2 MW Rooftop Solar Systems

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Seeks Bids for 2 MW Rooftop Solar Systems

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has invited bids to commission 2 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems with remote monitoring systems atop its buildings. The project's estimated cost is ₹116.02 million ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Haryana Notifies Wind, Hydro & Energy Storage Obligation Until FY30

Haryana Notifies Wind, Hydro & Energy Storage Obligation Until FY30

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has amended its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) policy to include wind energy in the RPO and move solar energy into the ‘other RPO’ category ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Explainer Why Have the New Regulations Made the Grid Unstable

Explainer: Why the New Regulations Have Made the Grid Unstable

Less than three weeks after the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission's (CERC) new regulation de-linked deviation charges and frequency, grid frequency swung wildly and dangerously on December 20, which spooked the ...
CERC Reverts to Frequency-Linked Mechanism as Grid Security Faces Threats

CERC Reverts to Frequency-Linked Mechanism as Grid Security Faces Threats

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has reverted to frequency-linked deviation settlement mechanism (DSM) as an interim measure to protect grid stability which has been under pressure over the last ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Top Five States for Utility-Scale Solar Installations in 2022

Top Five States for Utility-Scale Solar Installations in 2022 [Infographics]

The utility-scale solar installations in India stood at 52.71 GW, according to Mercom India Research’s latest available data at the end of the January-September period (9M). The full-year number for 2022 ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Solar
BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 5 MW Solar Project in Haridwar

BHEL Floats O&M Tender for a 5 MW Solar Project in Haridwar

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has invited bids for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of a 5 MW solar power project at its heavy electrical equipment plant (HEEP) in Haridwar, ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Nepal Invites Bids to Procure 100 MW of Solar Power

Nepal Invites Bids to Procure 100 MW of Solar Power

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has invited bids to develop 100 MW solar projects in Nepal. The last day to submit the bids is February 26, 2023. The bids will be ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
SJVN Green Invites Bids for 100 MW Solar Project in Gujarat

SJVN Green Invites Bids for 100 MW Solar Project in Gujarat

SJVN Green Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SJVN, has invited bids to commission a 100 MW grid-connected solar power project in Goliwada, Gujarat. The selected developer must complete the project ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions