646,439 Rural Households in West Bengal Electrified Under SAUBHAGYA Program

646,439 Rural Households in West Bengal Electrified Under SAUBHAGYA Program

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) has approved an investment proposal of ₹2.42 billion (~$32.92 million) by the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company (WBSEDCL) for providing connectivity and ...
/ / Grid, T&D
DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Inch Up to ₹110.67 Billion in October

DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Inch Up to ₹110.67 Billion in October

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed over ₹110.67 billion (~$1.5 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 439 pending invoices, according to data from the Ministry of ...
High Court Stays Chandigarh DISCOM Privatization, Says it’s Not Legally Sustainable

High Court of Punjab and Haryana Issues Stay Order on Chandigarh DISCOM Privatization

The High Court of Punjab and Haryana has issued a stay order on the Central Government’s proposal to privatize Chandigarh’s electricity distribution company (DISCOMs). The UT Powermen Union of Chandigarh had filed ...
Electric Two-Wheelers Can Now Operate as Taxis

Electric Two-Wheelers Can Now Operate as Taxis

According to the latest motor vehicle aggregators guidelines, the government will now allow two-wheelers running on electricity or alternate fuels (such as bio-ethanol) to be operated as taxis. According to ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Ashok Leyland Partner for an E-Bus Pilot at IIT Madras

Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Ashok Leyland Partner for an E-Bus Pilot at IIT Madras

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has signed a memorandum of understanding  (MoU) with Ashok Leyland and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) for an e-mobility pilot project. Under the tripartite ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Telangana Finalizes Demand-Side Management Regulations for Distribution Licensees

Telangana Finalizes Demand-Side Management Regulations for Distribution Licensees

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has released the final regulations for the demand-side management (DSM) initiatives of distribution licensees (DISCOMS). The DSM initiative is designed to encourage consumers ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Okaya Bags EESL Contract to Set Up 1,020 EV Charging Stations Across India

Okaya Bags EESL Contract to Set Up 1,020 EV Charging Stations Across India

Okaya Power has bagged a World Bank-funded contract from the state-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to deploy 1,020 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country. EESL falls under ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Bengaluru’s Electric Two-Wheeler Leasing Platform Welectric Raises Angel Funding

Bengaluru’s Electric Two-Wheeler Leasing Platform Welectric Raises Angel Funding

Welectric, an electric two-wheeler lifecycle management company, raised an undisclosed amount in angel funding from several investors. Welectric is an early-stage startup that deals with the sales, finance, maintenance, and ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
APTEL’s Stay on REC Trading has Significantly Impacted the Renewable Market_ Interview

APTEL’s Stay on REC Trading has Significantly Impacted the Renewable Market: Interview

Renewable energy certificates (RECs) play a vital role in helping companies meet their renewable purchase obligations (RPOs). They encourage the sale and growth of renewable energy and help the country ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Bangalore Transport Corporation to Procure 300 Electric Buses Under Gross Cost Contract

Bangalore Transport Corporation to Procure 300 Electric Buses Under Gross Cost Contract

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has invited bids to select a service provider to procure 300 electric buses on a gross cost contract (GCC) model. The contract will also ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
DISCOM Privatization_ Chandigarh Invites Bidders to Acquire its Distribution Licensee

DISCOM Privatization: Chandigarh Invites Bidders to Acquire its Distribution Licensee

The Chandigarh Administration has issued a request for proposal (RfP) inviting bidders to acquire its distribution company (DISCOM). In the notice inviting bids, the Electricity Wing of the Engineering Department of the Union Territory ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Reduced Late Payment Surcharges, A Double Whammy for Power Generators_

Reduced Late Payment Surcharges, A Double Whammy for Power Generators?

To reduce the financial burden of distribution companies (DISCOMs), the Ministry of Power (MoP) proposed a reduction in late payment surcharges (LPS) for payment delays to the power generators last ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
DISCOMs Ask For Steep Hike in Electricity Tariff in Karnataka, Commission Goes Easy

DISCOMs Ask For Steep Hike in Electricity Tariff in Karnataka, Commission Goes Easy

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has issued the retail tariff order for various distribution companies (DISCOMS) for FY 2021.  The new tariffs will come into force from November 01, ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
All DISCOMs Asked to Comply with Energy Conservation Act to Cut Electricity Losses

All DISCOMs Asked to Comply with Energy Conservation Act to Cut Electricity Losses

The Ministry of Power (MoP) issued a notification to cover all distribution companies (DISCOMs) under the purview of the Energy Conservation (EC) Act, 2001, to help reduce electricity losses and ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Kerala Government to Hire 50 Electric Buses Under FAME Program for Thiruvananthapuram

Kerala Government to Hire 50 Electric Buses Under FAME Program for Thiruvananthapuram

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has invited bids for hiring 50 electric buses on wet lease for the Thiruvananthapuram zone. The tender has been floated under the Faster ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Electric Scooter Maker Ather Energy Raises $35 Million in Series D Funding

Electric Scooter Maker Ather Energy Raises $35 Million in Series D Funding

Electric scooter manufacturer Ather Energy raised $35 million in its latest Series D funding round, led by Sachin Bansal's $23 million investment. Hero MotoCorp has invested $12 million as a ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Equity Lock-In Period Criteria Relaxed for Transmission Service Providers

Equity Lock-In Period Criteria Relaxed for Transmission Service Providers

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued amendments to the 'equity lock-in period' given in the standard bidding documents to select transmission service providers for interstate transmission system (ISTS) projects ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
ADB Extends Nearly $133 Million to Modernize Meghalaya’s Power Distribution System

ADB Extends Nearly $133 Million to Modernize Meghalaya’s Power Distribution System

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that it has approved a $132.8 million loan to modernize the power distribution network in Meghalaya. The loan will be utilized to support a ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Shortfall in Supply of Bundled Renewable Power to Attract Penalty of 400%

Shortfall in Supply of Bundled Renewable Power to Attract Penalty of 400%

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has amended its guidelines for tariff-based competitive bidding for power procurement from round-the-clock (RTC) power projects to allow them to be bundled with any non-renewable ...
GAIL Seeks Transaction Advisor to Evaluate Acquisition of Renewable Energy Assets

GAIL Seeks Transaction Advisor to Evaluate Acquisition of Renewable Energy Assets

Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has invited bids for the appointment of a transaction advisor for evaluating merger and acquisition (M&A) opportunities in the renewable energy space. The scope ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Rajasthan_ No Transmission Charges for Solar Projects Powering EV Charging Stations

Rajasthan: No Transmission Charges for Solar Projects Powering EV Charging Stations

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has issued regulations for determining tariffs for renewable energy-based power sources for 2020. An important regulation included a 100% exemption of intra-state transmission and wheeling ...
Over ₹281 Billion Needed for Building Transmission Systems for Evacuating Renewables

Over ₹281 Billion Needed for Building Transmission Systems for Evacuating Renewables

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA), in its annual report for 2019-20, issued updates on the Green Energy Corridor program for the transmission and integration of renewable energy. To boost the ...
/ / Grid, T&D
IEX’s Real-Time Market Trades 814 Million Units of Power in October

IEX’s Real-Time Market Trades 814 Million Units of Power in October

The Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) announced that its real-time electricity market (RTM) witnessed a total trade volume of 814 million units (MU) of power in October 2020, up 16% from ...
Central Regulator Introduces Amendments to Trading License Regulations

Central Regulator Introduces Amendments to Trading License Regulations

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued amendments to its previous regulations for the payment of fees for electricity trading. The regulations will come into effect from April 01, ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Decline Marginally to ₹106.7 Billion in September

DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Decline Marginally to ₹106.7 Billion in September

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed over ₹106.7 billion (~$1.43 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 460 pending invoices, according to data from the Ministry of ...
/ / Grid, Utilities