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About Saumy Prateek

Saumy Prateek Saumy is a senior staff reporter with covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.


India’s Peak Power Supply Deficit Dipped to 0.7% in Q1 FY 2018-19

Gujarat Revises RPO Targets for FY 2013-14 Retroactively

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has revised the state renewable purchase obligation (RPO) for entities in the state for the financial year (FY) 2013-14 retroactively. The order came after ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Goa and Union Territories to have Project Specific Solar Tariffs

Goa and Union Territories to have Project Specific Solar Tariffs

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for the state of Goa and union territories has extended the control period of JERC’s 2015 regulations for grid-connected solar power by three years ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
More Project Commissioning Delay Cases in Telangana Ruled in Favor of Project Developers

Delhi’s Draft RPO and REC Regulations Make Way for Stricter Implementation

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has issued draft regulations for the implementation of renewable purchase obligation (RPO) and renewable energy certificate (REC) framework. The draft is up for comments ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Madhya Pradesh Electricity Commission Condemns Payment Delay by DISCOM to Adani Green

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Commission Condemns Payment Delay by DISCOM to Adani Green

The Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (MPERC) has dismissed a review petition filed by Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) seeking relief against an order issued by the commission for ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
TEPSOL and Shapoorji Pallonji Infra to Develop 100 MW of Solar Projects in Karnataka

TEPSOL and Shapoorji Pallonji Infra to Develop 100 MW of Solar Projects in Karnataka

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited (KREDL) has awarded 100 MW of grid-connected solar projects to be developed across five talukas of the state. The capacity has been awarded following a ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
CEL Issues EPC Tender for 11 MW of Solar Projects in Maharashtra

Uttar Pradesh Announces 500 MW Solar Tender with Upper Tariff Cap of ₹3.05/kWh

Uttar Pradesh has announced a tender for 500 MW of grid-connected solar projects. The upper tariff ceiling is ₹3.05 (~$0.043)/kWh and the bid-submission deadline is February 14, 2019, according to ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
MSEDCL Retenders 1 GW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects to Meet its RPO

SECI’s New 1,200 MW ISTS-Connected Solar Tender Comes with Tariff Ceiling of ₹2.65/kWh

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender for 1,200 MW of interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed across the country. The ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
BEE to Launch Energy Conservation Building Code for the Residential Sector

BEE Inks Pact with CPWD to Promote Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) kickstarting their cooperation to promote energy efficiency in buildings. The ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
MNRE Creates an RPO Compliance Cell to Meet India’s Solar and Wind Energy Targets

Most States Fail to Meet RPO Targets with 27 Achieving Less Than 60%

As many as twenty seven Indian states and union territories in the country have achieved less than 60 percent of their renewable purchase obligations (RPO), according to a statement made ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Tata Power and HPCL Sign MoU for Setting Up EV Charging Stations Across India

Ministry of Finance Gets 15 EVs, 28 Charging Stations Installed in Delhi’s North Block

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed an agreement to deliver 15 electric vehicles (EVs) to the Department of Economic Affairs that comes under the Ministry of Finance. With ...
BEE and AEEE Release State Energy Efficiency Preparedness Index

Power Demand Increases, Spot Power Price Up 10% YoY in December 2018

Spot power price in India declined to ₹3.30 (~$0.04766)/kWh in December 2018, an eight percent decline month-over-month (MOM). However, the spot price increased by 10 percent year-over-year (YoY). “Compared to ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
EESL and Bihar DISCOMs Enter MoU to Install 1.8 Million Smart Meters

Chandigarh Smart City Issues Tender for 13,700 Smart Water Meters

Chandigarh Smart City Limited (CSCL) has issued a request for proposal (RfP) to install 13,700 smart water meters in the city households. The bid-submission deadline is January 25, 2019. The ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
CEA Asks States to Use 5-10% Biomass Pellets for Power Generation in Thermal Plants

Haryana Commission Approves PPAs for 49.8 MW of Paddy Straw Biomass-Based Projects

The Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has issued an order approving the power purchase agreements (PPAs) for a total of 49.8 MW of paddy straw biomass-based power projects signed between ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Uttar Pradesh Invites Bids for 200 MW in its Private Sector Owned Solar Park

MNRE Amends Bidding Guidelines for Solar Projects; Reduces Commissioning Timeframe

The Ministry of Power has amended the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, incorporating changes to further the pace of solar installations ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CLP India Completes Acquisition of Suzlon’s Tornado Solarfarms for ₹325 Million

Maharashtra Releases Details of Circles for its 1,400 MW Solar Tender

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has now come up with all the required details for the 1,400 MW  solar tender it had issued last year. The tender ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
West Bengal Floats EPC Tender for 600 kW of Rooftop Solar Installations

Chhattisgarh DISCOMs to Procure Excess Energy from Distributed Solar Projects at ₹1/kWh

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has issued terms and conditions for distributed solar projects in the state. These regulations will come into force from April 1, 2019. The ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Haryana Calls Developers to Set Up 16 MW of Canal Top Solar Projects

Haryana Calls Developers to Set Up 16 MW of Canal Top Solar Projects

The Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL) has invited an expression of interest (EoI) to set up 16 MW of canal top solar photovoltaic (PV) projects at WYC Hydel Power ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
: Wind, Reverse Auctions, PPA, SECI, ISTS

Andhra Pradesh Issues New Wind Policy with Various Incentives to Attract Developers

Andhra Pradesh has announced Wind Power Policy-2018 with a goal to expand the base of wind projects in the state. This policy will remain applicable for a period of five ...
/ / Other, Wind
Government Working on Grid Strengthening and Preventing Future Grid Disturbances

Rajasthan’s Amendments to Deviation Settlement Regulations for Grid-Connected Power

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued draft amendments to the 2017 regulations on deviation settlement mechanism for grid-connected power. The draft is up for comments and suggestions up to ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
India Records Power Supply Deficit of 0.6 Percent During Apr-Sep 2018

CERC’s Final Amendment to Interstate Open Access Power Regulations

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has finalized the amended regulations for open access in interstate transmission, which were initially passed in 2008. The new regulations will be in effect ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Gujarat, O&M, Solar Park, Charanka, GPCL, GEDA, Gujarat solar park

O&M Tender Issued for a 5 MW Solar Project in Gujarat Solar Park

The Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL) has issued a tender for the operations and maintenance of a 5 MW solar PV power project at Gujarat Solar Park, located in Charanka ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Uttar Pradesh Raises Upper Cap for Net-Metered Rooftop Solar Installations from 1 to 2 MW

Uttar Pradesh Raises Upper Cap for Net-Metered Rooftop Solar Installations from 1 to 2 MW

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has finalized the proposed regulations related to net-metering provisions for rooftop solar projects in the state. The commission had proposed the draft RSPV ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Broadens the Definition of ‘Storage’ in its Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

Andhra Pradesh Reveals New Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

The Andhra Pradesh government has issued Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy-2018 to encourage energy generation from wind and solar hybrid projects in the state. The state government has set a target ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
USTDA Funds Feasibility Study to Assess Viability of a 100 MW Solar Project in Mozambique

MNRE to Announce a List of Approved Solar Manufacturers for Government Projects

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an important notification which states that the government will soon issue a list of solar manufacturers and models that will ...
Cleantech Solar to Develop 27 MW Rooftop Solar PV Projects in Asia

Oakridge Energy Secures Line of Credit to Finance Residential Rooftop Solar Systems

Oakridge Energy, an Indian rooftop solar installer, has raised a line of credit from Maanaveeya Development & Finance Private Limited (Maanaveeya), Oikocredit’s financing arm in India. Oikocredit is a cooperative ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar