A Primer: States that are Poised Lead India’s EV Revolution

EV Adoption Under FAME Program Lagging in Most States

Electric vehicle sales so far has been inconsistent under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) program. While some states have made good progress, many states ...
Exicom to Provide Li-Ion Batteries for Kinetic Green’s E-Rickshaws

Gujarat Invites EoI for Marketing and Distribution of E-Rickshaws

The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for the authorization of manufacturers for marketing and distribution of battery operated three wheelers (E-Rickshaws) under the state’s ...
Sri Lanka’s Smart Grid Project to Receive $34 Million from France

Sri Lanka’s Smart Grid Project to Receive $34 Million from France

In an effort to reduce the transmission losses at its state utility Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Sri Lanka is slated to receive ₹2,529 million (~$34.41 million) from French Agency for ...
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CERC Proposes Granting Category I Inter-State Trading License to Refex Energy

DISCOMs Should Purchase Power from Renewable Projects under REC at ₹2.67/kWh

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has released a staff paper on projects registered under renewable energy certificate (REC) mechanism in the state. The paper analyzes the issues being faced ...
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Tamil Nadu Sets ₹3.97/kWh as Pooled Cost of Power for Renewables

Spot Power Price Rose 41% Due to Shortage of Coal, Reduced Generation from Hydro and Wind

Spot power price witnessed an unprecedented spike in September 2018, reversing the trend from the previous months. In September 2018, the recorded spot power price was ₹4.69 (~$0.063)/kWh. This is ...
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EESL Scraps its Tender for 10,000 EVs Due to Non-Availability of Chargers for Luxury Cars

Uttarakhand EV Policy Aims at Driving Investments for EV Manufacturing into the State

The state cabinet of Uttarakhand has approved a policy to promote the adoption of electric vehicles in the state, while also incentivizing those who want to foray into EV manufacturing ...
Is India’s Electric Vehicle Push for Real This Time?

Kerala Plans to Bring One Million EVs on the Road by 2022, Announces EV Policy

After Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Telangana, Kerala has now hopped on to the e-mobility bandwagon. The state, with over ten million vehicles on the road, has embraced ...
DISCOMs Should Have a Defined Timeline for Installing Grid-Tied Solar Inverters: Interview

DISCOMs Should Have a Defined Timeline for Installing Grid-Tied Solar Inverters: Interview

There has been a lot of talk lately echoing the sentiment that the next big market in India at the residential level will be solar integrated with power back-up technology ...
MAHAGENCO Gets Electricity Trading License from MERC

MAHAGENCO Gets Electricity Trading License from MERC

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has awarded electricity trading license to Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO). With this grant of license, MAHAGENCO can now participate in the ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
Open Access Consumers in Gujarat to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹0.44/kWh

Open Access Power Consumers in Gujarat to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹0.44/kWh

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has issued an order stating that an additional surcharge of ₹0.44 (~$0.0060)/kWh will be applicable in case of open access consumers who avail power ...
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Government Extends Duration of FAME I Program for EVs, Again

Government Extends Duration of FAME I Program for EVs Again

The government has decided to yet again extend the duration of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) program aimed at facilitating the widespread adoption of ...
Indian EV Start-Up Strom Motors Receives Angel Funding

Indian EV Start-Up Strom Motors Receives Angel Funding

Mumbai-based mobility startup Strom Motors (E14 Technologies Pvt Ltd) has secured angel funding from Indian Angel network (IAN), the horizontal seed stage funding platform. Strom Motors will utilize part of ...
Porsche to Launch its Electric Cars in India by 2020

Porsche to Launch its Electric Cars in India by 2020

Porsche is aiming to bring its electric car (Taycan) in India sooner than expected. In an official statement shared with Mercom, Porsche said that it aims to bring Taycan to ...
Tata Power and HPCL Sign MoU for Setting Up EV Charging Stations Across India

Tata Power and HPCL Sign MoU for Setting Up EV Charging Stations Across India

Tata Power and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), an Indian state-owned oil and natural gas company , have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for setting up commercial-scale charging stations ...
Jharkhand Adopts E-Mobility Program in Partnership With EESL

Jharkhand Adopts E-Mobility Program in Partnership With EESL

Jharkhand has adopted an e-mobility program in partnership with the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). The Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) has signed an agreement with EESL for the ...
CERC Proposes Granting Category I Inter-State Trading License to Refex Energy

CERC Issues Regulations for Seamless Implementation of ISTS Across the Country

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has published regulations for ISTS (Inter-State Transmission System) implementation in the official gazette. These regulations have been in force since July 23, 2018. The ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
NITI Aayog Suggests Electric-Bus Fleet in Cities Under Public Private Partnership Mode

NITI Aayog Suggests Electric-Bus Fleet in Cities Under Public Private Partnership Mode

The National Institute of Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has issued a draft concession agreement for public private partnership (PPP) for operation and maintenance of electric buses in Indian cities. The ...
MERC Rejects MSEDCL’s Proposal to Levy Surcharge on Rooftop Solar

MERC Rejects MSEDCL’s Proposal to Levy Surcharge on Rooftop Solar

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has rejected the proposal made by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) to approve the levy of additional surcharge (wheeling charges) for rooftop ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
MERC Sets Open Access Charges for Maharashtra

MERC Sets Open Access Charges for Maharashtra

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has announced open access charges for consumers in the state. These charges are applicable from September 1, 2018. MERC fixed the open access charges in ...
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Haryana Reduces Electricity Tariffs to Counter Power Loss

Haryana Reduces Electricity Tariff to Counter Power Loss

Bringing some respite to the power consumers in Haryana, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced a reduction in electricity tariffs in the state. Per Press Trust of India (PTI), ...
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Spot Power Price Declines by 7% to ₹3.46/kWh in July but Still Higher than Solar Tariffs

Bombay Stock Exchange, ICICI Bank and PTC India Appeal to CERC for a New Power Exchange

The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), ICICI bank, and PTC India have filed a petition with the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) for grant of license in order to set up ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Spot Power Price Shoots Up By 27 Percent in February 2018

Spot Power Price Declines to ₹3.34/kWh in August 2018

The slump in spot power price continued in August 2018. In August , the recorded spot power price was ₹3.34 (~$)/kWh which was still higher than recent tariffs quoted in solar and ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
Is India’s Electric Vehicle Push for Real This Time?

NITI Aayog Report Advocates the Elimination of Direct Subsidies to EV Users

The NITI Aayog, a policy think tank of the government of India conducted a two-day summit to raise awareness about the various aspects of mobility, and to bring together diverse ...
Ministry of Power Issues Revised Proposal for Amendments to the Electricity Act

Ministry of Power Issues Revised Proposal for Amendments to the Electricity Act

The Ministry of Power has issued a revised proposal for amendments to the Electricity Act 2003. The revised proposal is open for comments up to October 22, 2018. In the ...
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Soon, EVs in India that Run on Alternative Fuel May Not Have Permit Requirements

Government to Exempt EVs Using Alternative Fuel from Permit Requirements

India is the third largest market for automobiles and the world’s largest market when it comes to two-wheelers. The government is promoting electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce dependence on fossil ...