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About Saumy Prateek

Saumy Prateek Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com 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.

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In a Boost to India’s EV Segment, Hyundai and Kia to Invest $300 Million in Ola

In a Boost to India’s EV Segment, Hyundai and Kia to Invest $300 Million in Ola

Carmakers Hyundai Motors and Kia Motors have announced that they are going to invest to the tune of $300 million in cab aggregation service provider Ola. This is their largest ...
Madhya Pradesh Commission Rejects DISCOM’s Petition to Review Old Wind Tariff Order

Delhi Commission Approves PSA Between SECI and Tata Power for 50 MW of Wind Projects

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has approved a power sale agreement (PSA) signed between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) for ...
/ / Other, Wind
Maharashtra Issues Draft First Amendment to its Open Access Regulations

Maharashtra Issues Draft First Amendment to its Open Access Regulations

Open Access market once attractive is now almost dead according to many in the industry. Policies get announced regularly followed by constant amendments leading to a final draft that looks ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Solar Rooftop Startup ZunRoof Raises ₹16.6 Million in Second Round of Angel Funding

MERC Rejects Plea to Allow Open Access Facility and Banking of Power from a Solar Project

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected a petition filed by Shree Cement requesting amendments to Distribution Open Access Regulations, 2016 and allowing the use of open access facility ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
MNRE Creates an RPO Compliance Cell to Meet India’s Solar and Wind Energy Targets

Maharashtra Exempts Agencies from Scheduling and Forecasting Charges for Solar and Wind

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has exempted renewable energy qualified coordinating agencies (QCAs) for meter reading, data collection, and communication from paying scheduling and forecasting charges. However, the initial ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Open Access Consumers in Gujarat to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹0.44/kWh

Karnataka Court Quashes KERC Order Increasing Wheeling Charges for Open Access Power

The Karnataka High Court has quashed an order issued by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) relating to an increase in wheeling charges for open access power consumers in the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Lowest Tariffs Drops to ₹1.38/kWh in Madhya Pradesh’s 8.6 MW Rooftop Solar Auction

Maharashtra Commission Allows Grid Connectivity to 1.36 MW Rooftop Solar Project

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has allowed a 1.36 MW rooftop solar project the required connectivity to the grid. The MERC was responding to a petition filed by Supreme Industries ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
West Bengal Floats EPC Tender for 600 kW of Rooftop Solar Installations

Madhya Pradesh Announces RESCO Tender for 25 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has announced a tender for 25 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed under RESCO mode. The bid ...
India Records Power Supply Deficit of 0.6 Percent During Apr-Sep 2018

Rajasthan Amends Regulations for REC and RPO Compliance Framework

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued new amendments to its regulations on renewable energy certificate and renewable purchase obligation compliance framework passed in 2010. The new regulations will ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
KERC Mulls Setting Generic Rooftop Solar Tariff Under RESCO model

Himachal Pradesh Issues Draft Order on Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has issued a draft order for rooftop solar grid-interactive systems based on net metering. The Order is called the Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Delhi’s BSES Commissions Four Solar Microgrids with Battery Energy Storage

Delhi’s BSES Commissions Four Solar Microgrids with Battery Energy Storage

BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) has commissioned four solar photovoltaic (PV) microgrids in East Delhi as part of a pilot project. With this, the BYPL has become one of the first ...
/ / Grid, Microgrid
CERC Gives its Go-Ahead to Solar and Non-Solar REC Trading

Rajasthan Amends Regulations to Determine Tariffs for Solar and Wind Projects

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has finalized new regulations to amend its terms and conditions for the determination of tariff for renewable energy sources - wind and solar energy ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Spot Power Price Shoots Up By 27 Percent in February 2018

Spot Power Price Dips to ₹3.08/kWh in February 2019, a 4% Decline YoY

For the second month in a row, the peak power demand in India stood at 162 GW. According to the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX), the all India peak demand touched ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
CEA Asks States to Use 5-10% Biomass Pellets for Power Generation in Thermal Plants

Rajasthan Amends Regulations for Tariff Determination of Biomass and Biogas Projects

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued new guidelines to amend its regulations concerning the terms and conditions for the determination of tariff for renewable sources-(biomass, biogas and biomass ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
2019 Begins with a Sharp Decline in Solar Auction Activity While 6.5 GW of solar capa

70 MW Open Access Solar Project to be Developed in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh will soon have a 70 MW open access solar photovoltaic (PV) project. The project, which falls under Uttar Pradesh’s Open Access Program, will be developed by SunSource Energy ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Announces New Guidelines for Seamless Cross-Border Trade of Electricity

CERC Announces New Guidelines for Seamless Cross-Border Trade of Electricity

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued new regulations for the cross-border trade of electricity. These regulations will come into force from the date of publication in the Official ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Gujarat Has a New Policy for Small-Scale Distributed Solar PV Projects

Gujarat Has a New Policy for Small-Scale Distributed Solar PV Projects

The government of Gujarat has approved a policy that aims to develop the state’s small-scale distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) sector. According to a Gujarat government official, “The policy aims to ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Second Phase of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar PV Program Approved

Second Phase of Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar PV Program Approved

The President of India has approved the launch of the second phase of grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) program in India. The program aims to help achieve the target of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Maharashtra Floats EPC Tender for 4,664 kW of Off-Grid Solar Projects

Maharashtra Floats EPC Tender for 4,664 kW of Off-Grid Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Energy Development Agency (MEDA) has issued a tender for 4,664 kW of off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed across the state. The bid submission deadline is ...
Maharashtra’s 1 GW Solar Tender Gets Enthusiastic Response, Oversubscribed by 400 MW

SECI Amends Change in Law Clause in RfS for 3 GW Solar with 1.5 GW Manufacturing Tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has amended the provision for “Change in Law” in the Request for Selection (RfS) for the 3 GW interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected solar ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Power Sale Agreement Between SECI and Tata Power for 300 MW of Solar Gets Approval

Power Sale Agreement Between SECI and Tata Power for 300 MW of Solar Gets Approval

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has approved a power sale agreement (PSA) between the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) for procuring ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Delhi Announces Tender for 385 Electric Buses in Two Clusters

Delhi Announces Tender for 385 Electric Buses in Two Clusters

Ramping up its efforts to curb the deteriorating air quality in the national capital, the Transport Department, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), has now issued a tender ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Haryana’s Amended Solar Policy Provides Exemption of Wheeling and Cross Subsidy Charges

Haryana’s Amended Solar Policy Provides Exemption of Wheeling and Cross Subsidy Charges

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) has amended its guidelines for megawatt-scale ground-mounted and rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects meant for captive consumption or third party sale. These guidelines fall ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Rajasthan Amends Net Metering Regulations for Rooftop and Small Solar Systems

Rajasthan Amends Net Metering Regulations for Rooftop and Small Solar Systems

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has amended its net metering regulations passed in the year 2015 for rooftop and small solar grid interactive systems. The new regulations will come ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Salem Smart City Invites Bids for Rooftop Solar Projects

Maharashtra to Consult Public on Proposed Amendments to Net-Metering Regulations

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued an order saying that it will initiate a public consultative process to amend the net-metering regulations and frame new ones for dealing ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar