Uttarakhand Issues Cross-Subsidy Surcharge for Open Access Customers

After Soaring High in October, Spot Power Price Dips to ₹3.59/kWh in November 2018

In the month of November 2018, the spot power price declined to ₹3.59 ($0.05)/kWh after soaring high in the past few months. The price of ₹3.59 ($0.05)/kWh is 1 percent ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
15 States in India Achieve 100% Household Electrification Under SAUBHAGYA Program

15 States in India Achieve 100% Household Electrification Under SAUBHAGYA Program

According to the government, 15 states in India have achieved 100 percent household electrification under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna (SAUBHAGYA) program so far. Mercom had reported on ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Delhi to Fight Toxic Air with 1,000 Electric Buses

Delhi’s Draft EV Policy Aims at 25% Of All New Vehicles to Be Electric by 2023

The Delhi government has released its draft Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2018 to improve Delhi’s air quality by bringing down the emissions from transport sector. With this policy, the government ...
Ministry of Power Proposes Adoption of Uniform Tariff Structure for All States

Telangana Sets the Pooled Cost of Power Purchase for FY 2018-19 at ₹4.1/kWh

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has passed an order stating that the pooled cost of power purchase in FY 2017-18 would be considered again for FY 2018-19 at ₹4.097/kWh (~$0.058/kWh) ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
CERC Releases Inter-State Transmission Connectivity Draft Regulations for Solar and Wind Projects

Nepal Begins Construction of its Landmark Power Transmission Line with Aid from EU

Nepal’s Minister of Energy recently inaugurated the ceremony to formally mark the initiation of construction of the Chilime-Trishuli transmission system in central Nepal. This project is expected to allow access ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Government Working on Grid Strengthening and Preventing Future Grid Disturbances

CERC Issues Deviation Settlement Regulations for Grid-Connected Power

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued its fourth amendment to the deviation settlement regulations. These regulations will come into force from January 1, 2019. The main objective for ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
CEA Charts Transmission Infrastructure Plan for 4,950 MW of Wind Projects

Power Generators Can Terminate PPA if DISCOM Defaults on Payment: Committee Proposal

The Government of India constituted a High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) on July 29, 2018 chaired by the Cabinet Secretary to address the issues of stressed thermal power projects. Country’s apex ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
NTPC Ties Up with Seven Vehicle Aggregators to Develop EV Charging Network

NTPC Ties Up with Seven Vehicle Aggregators to Develop EV Charging Network

NTPC Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding  (MoU) with a host of vehicle aggregators for the development and utilization of public charging infrastructure across the country.  Seven vehicle aggregators namely: Ola, ...
World Bank Offers $310 Million Loan to Reform Jharkhand’s Power Transmission System

World Bank Offers $310 Million Loan to Reform Jharkhand’s Power Transmission System

Helping another Indian state in turning around the face of its energy infrastructure, the World Bank has now come forward with a $310 million loan assistance for Jharkhand. The agreement, ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
Hanergy and Bollore Group to Jointly Develop Solar EVs

Tariff of ₹6/kWh to be Applicable on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Telangana

Taking another step forward towards propelling the growth of intelligent transportation in the state, the Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has approved a tariff of ₹6.00 (~$ 0.083)/kWh for electric ...
Kerala Deploys Electric Buses to Transport Pilgrims

Kerala Deploys Electric Buses to Transport Pilgrims

Olectra-BYD, an electric vehicle maker, has deployed 10 commercial grade electric buses in collaboration with the state’s road transport corporation to take pilgrims to the Sabarimala shrine, located in the ...
Spot Power Price Rose to ₹4.02/kWh in March 2018

Spot Power Price Continued to Soar in October 2018 at ₹5.94/kWh

Maintaining its upward trend, India’s spot power prices soared in the month of October. This was the second month in a row which saw a reversal in the prevalent trend ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
Assam Issues Regulations for Open Access in Intrastate and Interstate Transmission

Assam Issues Regulations for Open Access in Intrastate and Interstate Transmission

The Assam Electricity Regulatory Commission (AERC) has issued AERC (Deviation Settlement Mechanism and related matters) Regulations, 2018. These regulations apply to the state of Assam and will come into force ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
India Records Power Supply Deficit of 0.6 Percent During Apr-Sep 2018

India Records Power Supply Deficit of 0.6 Percent During Apr-Sep 2018

India recorded an overall average power supply deficit of 0.6 percent during the six-month period between April to September 2018, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). During this six-month ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Get Smart_ 5,000 Homes in Varanasi Receive Smart Electricity Meters

Get Smart: 5,000 Homes in Varanasi Receive Smart Electricity Meters

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has successfully completed the pilot phase of its satellite-based smart meter project in a village in Varanasi in which 5,000 households received the meters. This project ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
Ministry of Power Proposes Adoption of Uniform Tariff Structure for All States

Ministry of Power Proposes Adoption of Uniform Tariff Structure for All States

The Ministry of Power has issued a proposal incorporating new modifications to the revised proposal for amendments to the Electricity Act 2003. In September 2018, the Ministry of Power had ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
NTPC Invites Bids for Battery Charging Station for 50 E-rickshaws in Faridabad

NTPC Invites Bids for Battery Charging Station for 50 E-rickshaws in Faridabad

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for setting up battery charging and swapping station for 50 e-rickshaws in Faridabad, Haryana, on pilot project basis. The scope of ...
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 ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
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 ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
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 ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
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 ...