Government Undertakes Measures to Check Cyber Attacks on National Power Grid

Government Undertakes Measures to Check Cyber Attacks on National Power Grid

The Union Minister of Power R.K. Singh recently informed Parliament that the government had taken multiple steps to curb cyber threats on the national power grid. During the Question Hour ...
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Consumers Should be Given the Option to Choose Net Metering_ Nitin Gadkari to RK Singh

Consumers Should be Given the Option to Choose Net Metering: Nitin Gadkari to RK Singh

The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has requested the Minister of Power R.K. Singh to consider the opinion of the Maharashtra Solar Manufacturers Association (MSMA) for ...
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Not the Right Time to Implement Flexibility in Power Generation, Says MERC

Not the Right Time to Implement Flexibility in Power Generation, Says MERC

In response to a petition filed by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd. (MSPGCL), the Maharashtra Energy Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued an order which states that it is not ...
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Tata Power and Rockefeller Foundation to Set Up Renewable Microgrids in India

Tata Power and Rockefeller Foundation to Set Up Renewable Microgrids in India

Tata Power and the Rockefeller Foundation have launched TP Renewable Microgrid Ltd., with plans to set up 10,000 microgrids in India by 2026. The new unit is expected to provide ...
Delhi to Procure Another Batch of 300 Electric Buses

Delhi to Procure Another Batch of 300 Electric Buses

To modernize its fleet sustainably, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has issued a tender to procure 300 low floor electric buses. Suppliers of the buses would be expected to provide ...
Punjab Solar & Wind Deviation Settlement Mechanism to Come into Effect from January 2020

Punjab Solar & Wind Deviation Settlement Mechanism to Come into Effect from January 2020

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) has approved the procedure for forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement of solar and wind generation, which will go into effect from January 1, ...
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Andhra High Court Stays Center’s Order, Gives Relief to DISCOMs Over Letters of Credit (1)

Andhra High Court Stays Center’s Order, Gives Relief to DISCOMs Over Letters of Credit

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has issued a stay order on the central government’s proceedings against electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs) in Andhra Pradesh for not providing letters of credit to ...
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India’s DISCOM Ratings Show Signs of Improvement on Paper

India’s DISCOM Ratings Show Signs of Improvement on Paper

The Ministry of Power (MoP) recently released its seventh annual integrated ratings for the state distribution companies (DISCOMs). The Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency (ICRA) and Credit Analysis and ...
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APTEL Comes Down on State Electricity Regulators for Delay in Tariff Revision

APTEL Comes Down on State Electricity Regulators for Delay in Tariff Revision

The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL) has directed the state and joint electricity regulatory commissions to explain the delay in the revision of the tariff, lack of payments to the ...
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DISCOMs in the Top Renewable States are the Biggest Defaulters as Dues Reach ₹69 Billion

DISCOMs in the Top Renewable States are the Biggest Defaulters as Dues Reach ₹69 Billion

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) in the top renewable energy generating states of the country are the biggest defaulters when it comes to paying dues for the power procured from renewable projects ...
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After June’s Dip, Spot Power Price Rises Slightly to ₹3.38_kWh in July 2019

After June’s Dip, Spot Power Price Rises Slightly to ₹3.38/kWh in July 2019

In July 2019, the spot power prices witnessed a surge, rising to ₹3.38 (~$0.048)/kWh. This was a 15% increase month-over-month (MoM) when compared to June 2019, in which spot power ...
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CERC Proposes New Regulations for Granting Electricity Trading License

CERC Proposes New Regulations for Granting Electricity Trading License

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued a notification to address the procedure, terms, and conditions for the grant of licenses for electricity trading. The draft notification sets the ...
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In a Boost to Electric Mobility, India Slashes GST on Electric Vehicles from 12% to 5%

In a Boost to Electric Mobility, India Slashes GST on Electric Vehicles from 12% to 5%

In a positive development towards increasing electric mobility in the country, the government has cut the applicable rate of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on electric vehicles (EVs). The 36th ...
Government’s Advisory on How to Avail ISTS Waiver for Solar & Wind Projects

Government’s Advisory on How to Avail ISTS Waiver for Solar & Wind Projects

The Government of India has issued an advisory for submitting required documents for the waiver of interstate transmission system (ISTS) charges and losses on the transmission of electricity generated from ...
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DISCOMs Feel the Heat_ No Letter of Credit, No Advance Payment, No Power

DISCOMs Feel the Heat: No Letter of Credit, No Advance Payment, No Power

The Ministry of Power has issued procedural guidelines for the scheduling of power to distribution companies in case of non-maintenance of the line of credit under the payment security mechanism. Recently, Minister ...
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Vakrangee to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across India

Vakrangee to Establish Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Across India

Vakrangee Limited, a technology-oriented company, has announced that it will establish charging infrastructure units for electric vehicles (EV) across India. The facilities will be set up at the company’s Nextgen ...
NTPC Gets Category I License for Inter-State Trading of Electricity

NTPC Gets Category I License for Inter-State Trading of Electricity

In a significant development for the country’s power sector, the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has granted a ‘Category I Electricity Trading License’ to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) ...
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Spot Power Price Continues to Soar Four Months in a Row, Hovers at ₹3.34/kWh in May 2019

Spot Power Price Dips Slightly in June 2019 at 3.32/kWh as Solar Generation Rises

In June 2019, the spot power price was recorded at ₹3.32 (~$0.0483)/kWh. After soaring high for four consecutive months in 2019, the spot power price has now declined slightly by ...
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National Electric Mobility Plan 2020 Targets Deployment of Up to 7 Million EVs Across India

National Electric Mobility Plan 2020 Targets Deployment of Up to 7 Million EVs Across India

The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 targets the deployment of up to 7 million hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs) in India by 2020. This is a ‘national mission’ ...
Kerala Automobiles to Manufacture 8,000 Indigenous Electric Autorickshaws

Kerala Automobiles to Manufacture 8,000 Indigenous Electric Autorickshaws

The Kerala Automobiles Limited (KAL) is set to roll out indigenous three-wheeler eco-friendly autorickshaws in the state. According to the company, it has recently received the clearance certificate from Pune-based ...
Ola Electric Raises $250 Million from SoftBank

Ola Electric Raises $250 Million from SoftBank

Ola Electric Mobility (OEM), a company backed by Ola, has raised ₹17.25 billion (~$250 million) from Tokyo-based SoftBank. SoftBank’s Cayman’s Islands entity, SB Topaz (Cayman) Ltd was allotted 4,326 compulsorily ...
Himachal Pradesh Amends its Regulation for Deviation Settlement Mechanism

Himachal Pradesh Amends its Regulation for Deviation Settlement Mechanism

The Himachal Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (HPERC) has finalized the amendments to its regulation on deviation settlement mechanism (DSM). The state commission had proposed the amendments in May 2019 and ...
DISCOMs Mandated to Maintain Letter of Credit as Payment Security Mechanism to Buy Power

DISCOMs Mandated to Maintain Letter of Credit as Payment Security Mechanism to Buy Power

In a bold move, RK Singh, Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy has announced the approval of a proposal to make it mandatory for distribution ...
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NITI Aayog Gives Two-Wheeled Vehicle Makers 2 Weeks to Create EV Adoption Blueprint

NITI Aayog Gives Two-Wheeled Vehicle Makers 2 Weeks to Create EV Adoption Blueprint

In a recent meeting held by NITI Aayog, two-wheeler industry stakeholders, and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the government think tank has asked the traditional two-wheeler players to ...
Andhra Pradesh to Deploy 350 Electric Buses In Five Cities

Andhra Pradesh to Deploy 350 Electric Buses In Five Cities

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has come up with a proposal to deploy 350 electric buses in five cities in the state. Overall, the project is likely ...