India Strengthens its Position as an Electricity Exporter

India Strengthens its Position as an Electricity Exporter

India has gradually strengthened its position as an electricity exporting nation. India is now exporting power to Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar. Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, the minister ...
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Tata Power Sets up Three Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Hyderabad

Tata Power Sets up Three Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Hyderabad

Tata Power has announced new additions to its strategic network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the country, the latest being the setting up of three fast charging EV stations at ...
After Flying High for Months, Spot Power Price Declines to ₹3.73/kWh in June 2018

After Flying High for Months, Spot Power Price Declines to ₹3.73/kWh in June 2018

In June 2018, spot power price stood at ₹3.73 (~$0.054)/kWh. This recorded price proved to be a trend reversal of sorts for spot power prices over the past few months ...
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Last year, in its analysis of the fifth annual integrated rating report, Mercom noted that most of the improvement in DISCOMs is attributed to reduction in debt levels due to states joining the UDAY program. As of March 31, 2018, the tariff cost gap of DISCOMs across India decreased by 48 percent in FY 2017-18, per data provided on the UDAY portal. Most DISCOMs have revised their tariffs after joining the program, and this has substantially helped in its goal achievement. “DISCOMs still have a lot of work to do. Especially going into an election year, bill collection and increasing power tariffs to reflect true costs will be a challenge. This report primarily gives guidance to DISCOMs. Just because a DISCOM has an ‘A’ rating, it does not mean they are low risk for solar companies,” added Prabhu. “States should not be surprised if solar tariffs go up due deterioration in DISCOM ratings.”

India’s Power Utilities’ Ratings Over the Last Year Decline Slightly

The Ministry of Power (MoP) recently released its sixth annual integrated ratings for the state distribution utilities. Out of the 41 utilities that were covered in the report, five utilities ...
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EESL Scraps its Tender for 10,000 EVs Due to Non-Availability of Chargers for Luxury Cars

EESL Scraps its Tender for 10,000 EVs Due to Non-Availability of Chargers for Luxury Cars

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of the public-sector units of the Ministry of Power and the Government of India, has scrapped the second tender to procure 10,000 ...
Philippines to Turn to EVs and Solar Powered Charging Stations to Curb Emissions

Philippines to Turn to EVs and Solar Powered Charging Stations to Curb Emissions

Philippines is shifting towards large scale adoption of  electric vehicles and solar powered charging stations to fight emissions and climate change. “A low-carbon path in the transport sector is an ...
EESL Signs Pact with Haryana DISCOMs to Install 1 Million Smart Meters

EESL Signs Pact with Haryana DISCOMs to Install 1 Million Smart Meters

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of the public-sector units of the Ministry of Power and the Government of India, has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Haryana ...
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Delhi to Fight Toxic Air with 1,000 Electric Buses

Delhi to Fight Toxic Air with 1,000 Electric Buses

In a significant move towards curbing the menace of air pollution in the national capital, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that his government has approved the hiring of ...
Top DISCOMs Achieving 100% Household Electrification Could be Rewarded ₹500 Million

Top DISCOMs Achieving 100% Household Electrification Could be Rewarded ₹500 Million

The Ministry of Power (MoP) is thinking of providing incentives to distribution companies (DISCOMs) and its employees who meet the household electrification target under Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar ...
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Rajasthan to Get $250 Million from World Bank to Reform Electricity Distribution

Rajasthan to Get $250 Million from World Bank to Reform Electricity Distribution

The World Bank has approved a $250 million development policy loan (DPL) to Rajasthan for the improvement of the state’s electricity distribution sector under the ‘24x7 Power for All’ program ...
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Some DISCOMs Make Progress Under UDAY Program

Some DISCOMs Make Progress Under UDAY Program

The Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program is helping some state-run distribution companies (DISCOMs) stuck in a debt-rut come out of the vicious spiral. Various DISCOMs across the country were ...
R. K. Singh Asks States to Curb the Losses Incurred by DISCOMs

R.K. Singh Asks States to Curb the Losses Incurred by DISCOMs

Emphasizing on the need to electrify each and every household across the country, the Minister of Power, R.K. Singh, has asked all the ministers and officials to work together as ...
CERC Issues Draft Regulations for Deviation Settlement Mechanism

CERC Issues Draft Regulations for Deviation Settlement Mechanism

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued regulations for Draft Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Deviation Settlement Mechanism and related matters) for the year 2018. This will be the fourth ...
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Exide and Leclanche form Joint Venture for Li-Ion Battery Manufacturing in India

Exide and Leclanche form Joint Venture for Li-Ion Battery Manufacturing in India

Exide Industries Ltd., an Indian lead acid storage battery manufacturer, and Leclanche, a global energy storage solutions provider, have formed a joint venture (JV) to build lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries and ...
NLC India Announces its Foray into Power Trading Business

NLC India Announces its Foray into Power Trading Business

In a bid to diversify its portfolio, the state-owned Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL), has announced its foray into power trading business. In a statement issued by the company, ...
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Solar Powered EV Charging Station Installed in Navi Mumbai

Solar Powered EV Charging Station Installed in Navi Mumbai

Magenta Power, a renewable energy solutions provider, has partnered with Exicom to install a solar-based DC charging station for electric vehicles (EV) in Turbhe, Navi Mumbai. The charging station called ...
States Urged to Make Universal Household Electrification a Priority

States Urged to Make Universal Household Electrification a Priority

In order to discuss and review the numerous initiatives undertaken by the government for increasing electricity access across the country, the Minister for Power, R. K. Singh, recently chaired a ...
Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra to Roll out EVs in Maharashtra

Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra to Roll out EVs in Maharashtra

Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra have signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with the Maharashtra government to roll out 1,000 Electric Vehicles (EV) in the state. These EVs will be ...
Ministry of Power Addresses Pass Through, Open Access in Amendments to Tariff Policy

Ministry of Power Addresses Pass Through, Open Access in Amendments to Tariff Policy

The Ministry of Power has issued draft amendments to Tariff Policy 2016. The amendments have been proposed keeping in view the changes and dynamic nature of the power sector. These ...
Ministry of Power Launches PRAAPTI App to Bring Transparency in Electricity Payments

Ministry of Power Launches PRAAPTI App to Bring Transparency in Electricity Payments

The Ministry of Power has launched a web portal and an app called PRAAPTI (Payment Ratification and Analysis in Power procurement for bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators) in an ...
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Clean Motion and Fortum Energy to Jointly Develop Battery Swap Systems for EVs

Clean Motion and Fortum Energy to Jointly Develop Battery Swap Systems for EVs

In a bid to propel the growth of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country, clean energy solutions provider Fortum Energy and Clean Motion have reached an agreement to develop battery ...
Draft Amendments to Qualify for Captive Generation Project Released

Draft Amendments to Qualify for Captive Power Generation Project Released

The Ministry of Power has amended the guidelines relating to captive generation projects in India. The Under Secretary to the Government of India, has penned a letter addressed to the ...
Four Companies Win Tender to Supply 2,000 EV Chargers for EESL

Four Companies Win Tender to Supply 2,000 EV Chargers for EESL

The tender floated by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) for the procurement of 2,000 Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers was bagged by four energy storage solutions companies, namely SBD Green Energy and Infra ...
Is India’s Electric Vehicle Push for Real This Time?

Is India’s Electric Vehicle Push for Real This Time?

The shift from fossil-fuel powered vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) has become more important than ever for India. The country has to embrace EVs quickly, if it wants to cut ...
BESCOM Proposes a Tariff Separation for Open Access Consumers Above 1 MW in Karnataka

BESCOM Proposes a Tariff Separation for Open Access Consumers Above 1 MW in Karnataka

Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) has proposed a separate tariff for >1 MW open access consumers, as it causes the non-recovery of fixed costs. BESCOM has requested for an increase ...