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 ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
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 ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
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 ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
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 ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
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 ...
/ / Grid, Utility Scale
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 ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
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 ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
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 ...
/ / Grid, T&D
IEX's Green Term-Ahead Market Trades Over 21 MU of Solar Power in March 2021

IEX’s Green Term-Ahead Market Trades Over 21 MU of Solar Power in March 2021

Driven by an increasing electricity demand across Indian states, the electricity market at the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) witnessed an all-time high volume of 8,249 million units (MU) in March ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
The Role of DISCOMs in India's Transition to a Clean Energy Regime

The Role of DISCOMs in India’s Transition to a Clean Energy Regime

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) should ideally be at the forefront of fulfilling the country's clean energy commitments. However, DISCOMs have remained the weakest link in India's power system. The poor financial ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
National Average Power Purchase Cost of ₹3.85/kWh Set for Open Access Solar Projects

National Average Power Purchase Cost of ₹3.85/kWh Set for Open Access Solar Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has set the national Average Power Purchase Cost (APPC) for open access at ₹3.85 (~$0.052)/kWh. The APPC would be applicable during the financial year ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Andhra DISCOMs Seek ₹30 Billion Loan from PFC and REC to Clear Power Generators’ Dues

Andhra DISCOMs Seek ₹30 Billion Loan from PFC and REC to Clear Power Generators’ Dues

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Andhra Pradesh have informed the Andhra Pradesh High Court they had sought a loan of ₹30 billion (~$407.95 million) from the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and ...
/ / Grid, T&D
DISCOMs’ Outstanding Payments to Renewable Generators Cross ₹123 Billion in February

DISCOMs’ Outstanding Payments to Renewable Generators Cross ₹123 Billion in February

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹123.45 billion (~$1.68 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 206 pending invoices at the end of February 2021, according to ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Bids Invited for 100 Electric Buses Under Gross-Cost Contract in Maharashtra

Bids Invited for 100 Electric Buses Under Gross-Cost Contract in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has invited bids to select agencies for procurement, operation, and maintenance of 100 electric buses along with allied electrical and civil infrastructure under ...
Tender to Procure Renewable Energy to Charge a Battery Energy Storage System

Tender to Procure Renewable Energy to Charge a Battery Energy Storage System

The Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd (KREDL) has issued an expression of interest (EOI) inviting renewable energy project developers to sell energy (27-30 MWh/day) for seven years. The energy will ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
Transmission Constraint Should Not Restrict Power Generators: Commission to DISCOM

Transmission Constraint Should Not Restrict Power Generators: Commission to DISCOM

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission has directed the Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (RVPN) to ensure no curtailment of any power generator connected at 132/33 kV Sheo Substation on account ...
/ / Demand Response, Grid
Startups Expand Their Footprint in India’s EV Market_ Interview

Startups Expand Their Footprint in India’s EV Market: Interview

The electric vehicle (EV) sector in India expects high growth in the current year on the back of robust funding received by EV companies in 2020. Companies believe that demand ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Tata Power, Nexcharge Install Battery-Based Community Energy Storage System in Delhi (1)

Tata Power, Nexcharge Install Battery-Based Community Energy Storage System in Delhi

Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power DDL), which supplies electricity to around seven million households in Delhi, has launched India's first grid-connected 'Community Energy Storage System' (CESS) in collaboration with ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
Contract Performance Guarantee for Power Transmission Projects Reduced by Over 60%

Contract Performance Guarantee for Power Transmission Projects Reduced by Over 60%

The Ministry of Power has reduced the contract performance guarantee for tariff-based competitive bidding transmission projects by more than 60%. The contract performance guarantee will now be charged at the ...
/ / Grid, T&D
AfDB to Fund $530 Million for Renewables Transmission Projects in Angola

AfDB to Fund $530 Million for Renewables Transmission Projects in Angola

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed $530 million to finance a 343 km, 400 kV central-south transmission line connecting the north and south transmission grids in Angola for distributing ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Unfit 20-Year Old Private Vehicles to Be Deregistered Under 'Vehicle Scrapping Policy'

Unfit 20-Year Old Private Vehicles to be Deregistered Under ‘Vehicle Scrapping Policy’

Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari, announced the 'Vehicle Scrapping Policy.' "In the interest of a clean environment and rider and pedestrian ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Euler Motors Closes Series A Funding Round with Additional $2.6 Million Raise

Euler Motors Closes Series A Funding Round with Additional $2.6 Million Raise

New Delhi-based electric vehicle (EV) maker Euler Motors announced that it had raised an additional $2.6 million in Series A funding from ADB Ventures - the venture investing arm of the Asian ...
Letter of Credit Order Ignored, Andhra DISCOMs Allowed to Buy Power from Spot Market

Letter of Credit Order Ignored, Andhra DISCOMs Allowed to Buy Power from Spot Market

The Andhra Pradesh High Court, in a recent order, has allowed the distribution companies (DISCOMs) of the state to operate through power exchanges and to secure power through open access ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy