Gujarat Invites Bids from Manufacturers of E-Rickshaws and Electric Two-Wheelers

Gujarat Invites Bids from Manufacturers of E-Rickshaws and Electric Two-Wheelers

The Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has invited bids from manufacturers to market and distribute 11,000 battery-operated two-wheelers and 5,417 e-rickshaws with lithium-ion batteries under the GEDA subsidy program 2021-22 ...
EESL Invites Bids to Supply ABT Meters for Decentralized Solar Projects

EESL Invites Bids to Supply ABT Meters for Decentralized Solar Projects

Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has invited bids for the supply and installation of 300 availability-based tariff (ABT) meters for remote monitoring of ...
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DISCOMs Owed Renewable Generators ₹113.34 Billion at the End of April 2021

DISCOMs Owed Renewable Generators ₹113.34 Billion at the End of April 2021

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹113.34 billion (~$1.56 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 200 pending invoices at the end of April 2021, according to ...
West Bengal Plans to Roll Out 1 Million Electric Vehicles in the Next Five Years

West Bengal Plans to Roll Out 1 Million Electric Vehicles in the Next Five Years

The Power Department of West Bengal has announced the Electric Vehicle (EV) Policy 2021, aiming to position the state as a sustainable transportation infrastructure hub. Through the move, the state ...
CERC Proposes Allowing Energy Storage Resources to Help in Maintaining Grid Stability

CERC Proposes Allowing Energy Storage Resources to Help in Maintaining Grid Stability

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has drafted the Ancillary Services Regulations, 2021. The guidelines aim to provide for power procurement through the administered process as well as from the ...
Punjab Reduces Retail Residential Power Tariffs in the Wake of Covid-19

Punjab Reduces Retail Residential Power Tariffs in the Wake of Covid-19

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has issued the tariff order for the financial year (FY) 2021-22. The new tariffs will be applicable from June 1, 2021, and will ...
Maharashtra Allows Twice a Month Revisions in Contract Demand for C&l Customers

Maharashtra Allows Twice a Month Revisions in Contract Demand for C&l Customers

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), in a recent order, allowed for revisions in contract demand up to two occasions for high-tension (HT) commercial and industrial (C&I) consumers and up ...
Electricity Regulators Suggest Measures to Reduce Retail Power Tariff

Electricity Regulators Suggest Measures to Reduce Retail Power Tariff

In a recent meeting, the Forum of Regulators discussed factors affecting the cost of power and stressed the need to analyze and evolve measures to reduce or contain the retail ...
PGCIL Gets Board Approval to Invest ₹22.20 Billion in Power Transmission Network

PGCIL Gets Board Approval to Invest ₹22.20 Billion in Power Transmission Network

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) noted that on May 21, 2021, its Board has approved an investment to the tune of ~₹22.20 billion (~$301.48 million) for commissioning various ...
Court Tells Government to Consider Including Hydrogen Fuel Cells Under FAME-II Program

Court Tells Government to Consider Including Hydrogen Fuel Cells Under FAME-II Program

The Delhi High Court has directed the Government of India to consider including hydrogen fuel cell-based electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen refueling stations under the ambit of the Faster Adoption ...
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CERC Approves Registration of India’s Third Power Exchange

CERC Approves Registration of India’s Third Power Exchange

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has granted Pranurja Solution Limited (PSL) registration right to establish and operate a power exchange. It would make PSL the third power exchange in ...
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IEX

Indian Energy Exchange’s Revenues Up by 20% YoY in FY 2021

The Indian Energy Exchange's (IEX) revenue in financial year (FY) 2021 was up by nearly 20% and stood at ₹3.56 billion (~$48.48 million) compared to ₹2.97 billion (~$40.45 million) in ...
DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Slide to ₹120.25 Billion in March 2021

DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Slide to ₹120.25 Billion in March 2021

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹120.25 billion (~$1.62 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 283 pending invoices at the end of March 2021, according to ...
Punjab Reduces Additional Surcharge Payable by Open Access Consumers to ₹1.16/kWh

Punjab Reduces Additional Surcharge Payable by Open Access Consumers to ₹1.16/kWh

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has set additional surcharge payable by consumers availing power through open access sources in the state. For open access consumers (partial and full) ...
Ministry Directs Electricity Regulators to Ensure Timely Issue of Tariff Orders

Ministry Directs Electricity Regulators to Ensure Timely Issue of Tariff Orders

The Ministry of Power has issued a notification directing the state electricity regulatory commissions (SERCs) to issue tariff orders for the financial year (FY) 2020-21 at the earliest. The Ministry ...
Andhra Pradesh High Court Directs DISCOMs to File Affidavit on Dues to Renewable Generators

Andhra Pradesh High Court Directs DISCOMs to File Affidavit on Dues to Renewable Generators

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has directed distribution companies (DISCOMs) in the state to file a detailed affidavit on the objections raised by the renewable energy generating companies about pending ...
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Electric Vehicles Sales Decline 20% YoY in FY 2020-21

Electric Vehicles Sales Decline 20% YoY in FY 2020-21

The Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles (SMEV) has said 236,802 electric vehicles (EV) were sold in India in financial year (FY) 2020-21, registering a drop of 20% over the ...
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Overhead Powerlines Directed to be Taken Underground to Save the Great Indian Bustard

Overhead Powerlines Directed to be Taken Underground to Save the Great Indian Bustard

In an important development, the Supreme Court of India has directed the appropriate authorities to install diverters in the habitats of the Great Indian Bustard and convert the overhead cables ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Maharashtra Defers Levying State Periphery Charges on Renewable Generators

Maharashtra Defers Levying State Periphery Charges on Renewable Generators

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has accepted the recommendations of the deviation settlement mechanism (DSM) working group and deferred the levy of state periphery charges until further notice. The ...
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Corporate Funding for Battery Storage Companies Up 52% With $4.7 Billion in Q1 2021

Corporate Funding for Battery Storage Companies Up 52% With $4.7 Billion in Q1 2021

The venture capital (VC) funding for battery storage, smart grid, and energy efficiency companies in Q1 2021 saw a growth of 410% and stood at $1.3 billion, compared to $252 ...
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Open Access Consumers in Tamil Nadu to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹0.70_kWh

Open Access Power Consumers in Tamil Nadu to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹0.70/kWh

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has heard a petition filed by the distribution company and approved an additional surcharge of ₹0.70 (~$0.0093)/kWh, payable by open access consumers. The ...
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IEX Initiates Cross-Border Electricity Trade to Strengthen South Asian Market

IEX Initiates Cross-Border Electricity Trade to Strengthen South Asian Market

To expand power markets beyond India, the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) has introduced cross-border electricity trade (CBET) on its platform. The initiative is a step towards building an integrated South ...
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FAME II Certificates for Electric Vehicle Models Will be Valid for a Year

FAME II Certificates for Electric Vehicle Models Will be Valid for a Year

The Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprise (MHIPE) has announced that the validity of ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II’ certificates for all vehicle models ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
DISCOMs Need Distribution System Operators To Forecast Renewables and Manage Load (1)

DISCOMs Need Distribution System Operators To Forecast Renewables and Manage Load

India is an attractive solar market with tremendous, long-term potential. The installation targets are aggressive; however, the investments in the sector have stymied due to counterparty credit risks from distribution ...
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Transmission Infrastructure Crucial to Support Growing Solar Capacity

Transmission Infrastructure Crucial to Support Growing Solar Capacity

The pandemic was just one of the issues that pushed the solar back last year. The industry faced several other impediments coming in the way of project development. One of ...
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