EESL EV Tender

EESL Issues India’s First Ever Tender to Procure 10,000 Electric Vehicles

In India’s first ever EV tender, the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) announced procurement tender of 10,000 electric vehicles (EVs) to be used by government departments and agencies. The bid-submission ...
/ Electric Vehicles, Grid
Telangana DISCOMs

Telangana DISCOMs Petition TSERC for Surcharge on Open Access Consumers for FY 2017-18

The Northern Power Distribution Company of Telangana (TSNPDCL) and Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana (TSSPDCL) have petitioned the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) to set an additional surcharge ...
/ Grid, Utilities
UDAY Discom Debt

₹2.09 Trillion in DISCOM Debt Taken Over by States Under UDAY

States participating in the Ujwal DISCOM (distribution company) Assurance Yojana (UDAY) have taken over debt of ₹2.09 trillion (~$32.5 billion) from their DISCOMs. This is almost half of the ₹4.3 ...
/ Grid, Utilities
Electric Vehicle Charging Station

NTPC to Develop 20 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) will be developing 20 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at different locations. It has already successfully set up two EV charging stations at its ...
/ Electric Vehicles, Grid

India Records Power Supply Deficit of 0.6 Percent in the Second Quarter of 2017

In the three-month period April to June 2017, India recorded a power supply deficit of 0.6 percent. India generated 307,663 million units (MU) of electricity in the second quarter of ...
/ Grid, Grid Optimization
kamuthi solar project

TNERC Rejects Petition from the Adani Group

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has rejected petitions from three Adani subsidiaries regarding implementation of must-run status of solar projects in Tamil Nadu. Kamuthi Renewable Energy, Ramnad Solar ...
/ Grid, Utilities
Greening the Grid

India Can Integrate 175 GW of Renewable Energy into the Electricity Grid, Study Reveals

India can integrate the entire targeted 175 GW of renewable energy into the national electricity grid based on projected power system plans and regulations according to a study conducted under ...
/ Grid, T&D
Guidelines for Disbursement of NCEF Grant for Intra-State Transmission System

MNRE Amends Guidelines for Disbursement of NCEF Grant for Intra-State Transmission System

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has amended the guidelines for the disbursal of National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) grant for the development of intra-state transmission system under ...
/ Grid, T&D
Political Considerations at Play as 'DISCOM's Subsidy Dependence up by 7-8 Percent

Political Considerations at Play as ‘DISCOM’s Subsidy Dependence up by 7-8 Percent

The overall subsidy dependence of power distribution companies (DISCOMs) is estimated to increase by 7-8 percent to Rs.810 billion (~$12.53 billion) in the current financial year. The overall subsidy requirement ...
/ Grid, Utilities
US Power Grid

United States to Provide $7.5 Million for Enhancement of India’s Power Grid

The United States will provide India with $7.5 million to improve the national grid. The fund is provided by Department of Energy (DOE), United States Government, and will go towards ...
/ Grid, T&D

PGCIL Commissions 400 kV Lucknow-Kanpur Transmission Line

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has commissioned the 400 kV DC Lucknow-Kanpur transmission line with associated bays in Lucknow. The Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, dedicated ...
/ Grid, T&D
solar construction

Waiver Period for Inter-State Transmission Charges and Losses for Solar Projects Extended to December 31, 2019

The waiver period for inter-state transmission (ISTS) charges and losses for solar projects has been extended to December 31, 2019. This waiver applies to solar projects that are commissioned on ...
/ Grid, T&D

Power Grid Plans Capital Expenditure of Rs.250 Billion (~$3.87 Billion) for FY2017-18

The Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL), a state run transmission and distribution company, has planned a capital expenditure of Rs.250 billion (~$3.87 billion) for FY2017-18. The company has reported a 22 ...
/ Grid, Utilities

India Expects Power Surplus of 8.8 Percent and Peak Surplus of 6.8 Percent in FY2017-18

According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) 2017 Load Generation Balance Report, a study on the anticipated power supply position for financial year (FY) 2017-18, India is expecting a power ...
/ Grid, Utilities
Power lines

Ministry of Power’s Proposal to Compensate for Grid Curtailment

The Ministry of Power is proposing  to set up a compensation mechanism for existing renewable energy projects which will enable them to protect the cash flows to an extent from ...
/ Grid, T&D

Mercom Exclusive: India Power Utilities Performance Ratings – Some Improve, Some Don’t

According to the latest “Integrated Rating for State Power Distribution Utilities” report by the Ministry of Power, the four Gujarat state power distribution utilities (DISCOMs) have emerged as top performers ...
/ Grid, Utilities

NTPC Lists Second Masala Bond on the London Stock Exchange

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), has listed a second round of masala bonds on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The company will use the proceeds to fund clean energy ...
/ Grid, Utilities
Andhra Pradesh DISCOM’s

Andhra Pradesh DISCOM’s to Renegotiate Power Purchase Agreements

The Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company (APSPDCL), a state distribution company, has decided to renegotiate power purchase agreements (PPAs) it had signed with wind project developers. The PPA's were ...
/ Grid, Utilities
Power DISCOM Ratings

Power DISCOM Ratings – Gujarat Top, Tripura Last

According to the “Integrated Rating for State Power Distribution Utilities” conducted by the Ministry of Power, the four Gujarat state power distribution utilities (DISCOMs) have emerged as top performers for ...
/ AT&C, Grid

Tata Power Achieves Complete Zero Cash Payables

Tata Power, an Indian power utility, announced that it has achieved complete zero cash payables. The company is working towards bringing down cash collections from its electricity customers with regulatory ...
/ Grid, Utilities
Power Supply

India’s Power Supply Deficit Was 0.7 Percent in FY2016-17

India recorded a low power supply deficit of 0.7 percent in the financial year (FY) 2016-17. More than 1,134,631 million units of electricity were produced, which was 7,461 million units ...
/ Grid, T&D

Indian State of Mizoram Joins UDAY Program

Mizoram is the 27th Indian State to join the Ujwal DISCOM (distribution company) Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program which was implemented by the government of India to assist in the financial ...
/ Grid, Utilities

States of Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Kerala Join India’s UDAY

Twenty-six Indian states and union territories have so far joined the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program which was implemented by the government of India to assist the financial turn ...
/ Grid, Utilities
Solar tender

Mercom Exclusive: Payment Delays are Increasing Risk and Project Costs for Solar and Wind Projects in Many States

Payment delays by distribution companies (DISCOMs) continue to pose a challenge for the growing renewable energy sector in India as it tries to achieve 175 GW of renewable installations by ...
/ Grid, Utilities
village light-up

12,364 Villages Electrified Under the DDUGJY Program

A total of 12,364 villages have been electrified under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) program as of February 28, 2017. A total of 6,088 villages are yet ...
/ Grid, T&D