Tamil Nadu Launches Procedure for Deviation Settlement of Wind and Solar Projects

Tamil Nadu Launches Procedure for Deviation Settlement of Wind and Solar Projects

Tamil Nadu State Load Dispatch Centre (TNSLDC) and Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory (TNERC) have issued the procedure for forecasting, scheduling, and deviation settlement mechanism of wind and solar generation. The ...
Salem Smart City Invites Bids for Rooftop Solar Projects

New Net Metering Guidelines for Rooftop Solar Consumers in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued new net metering guidelines for solar rooftop consumers as part of its Solar Policy 2019. Tamil Nadu, the fifth largest solar market ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Government Likely to Amend Electricity Act to Ensure that DISCOMs Enter PPAs

₹5.75 Billion Given to Six States to Curtail Their AT&C Losses Still Remain Unutilized

The Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has written to six states regarding the timely completion of implementing the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) /distribution management system (DMS) under the government’s Restructured ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Government Working on Grid Strengthening and Preventing Future Grid Disturbances

NTPC to Curtail Power Supply to Jammu and Kashmir as Unpaid Dues Reach ₹20 Billion

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has written a letter to the Power Development Department (PDD) of Jammu and Kashmir, warning to restrict power supply and reallocate the power from ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Open Access Consumers in Gujarat to Pay Additional Surcharge of ₹0.44/kWh

Ministry of Power Sets Committee to Recommend Solutions for Payment Delays by DISCOMs

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has constituted a new committee to study and submit its recommendations into the issue of delayed payments by distribution companies (DISCOMS) to power generating companies ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Ministry of Power Proposes Adoption of Uniform Tariff Structure for All States

Andhra Pradesh’s New Solar Policy Targets 5 GW of Projects in Five Years

Andhra Pradesh has come up with a new solar policy with the aim to promote widespread usage of solar power and targets a minimum total solar power capacity addition of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Bihar DISCOMs Liable to Pay Penalty in Case of Non-fulfillment of Solar RPO

Bihar DISCOMs Liable to Pay Penalty in Case of Non-fulfillment of Solar RPO

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has revised the draft regulations pertaining to Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) compliance and Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) framework implementation. According to the new provisions, ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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
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 ...
Interview: Utilities Need to Enable Prosumers for Rooftop Solar to Flourish

Interview: Utilities Need to Enable Prosumers for Rooftop Solar to Flourish

Rooftop installations in India are well behind utility-scale installations. Only 2 GW of rooftop solar has been installed as of Q1 2018 out of the 40 GW by 2022 target set ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Spot Power Price Declines by 7% to ₹3.46/kWh in July but Still Higher than Solar Tariffs

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 ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
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 ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
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 ...
NTPC Issues EPC Tender for 1 GW of Solar Projects Under Phase-II of CPSU Program

Gujarat Retenders 500 MW of Grid-Connected Solar Projects

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has retendered 500 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be developed across the state. GUVNL has announced the tender in order to ...
Madhya Pradesh Clarifies the Impact of Solar Safeguard Duty on 30 MW Rooftop Tender

India’s Rooftop Solar in Dire Need of Innovative Financing Solutions

Four years ago, under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India set a target to install 175 GW of renewable capacity by the year 2022. Of the targeted capacity, 100 ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Government Likely to Amend Electricity Act to Ensure that DISCOMs Enter PPAs

Government Likely to Amend Electricity Act to Ensure that DISCOMs Enter PPAs

The union government has proposed an amendment to the Electricity Act to ensure that the companies applying for power distribution rights also sign the requisite Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). The ...
Delhi Residents May Soon be Paid for Unscheduled Power Cuts

Delhi Residents May Soon be Paid for Unscheduled Power Cuts

The Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi, Anil Baijal, has approved the proposal put forward by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government regarding compensation for residents in case of unscheduled power cuts ...
Tamil Nadu Sets ₹2.86/kWh as the New Levelized Generic Tariff for Wind Projects

Tamil Nadu Sets ₹2.86/kWh as the New Levelized Generic Tariff for Wind Projects

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a new levelized generic tariff for the procurement of wind-based power in the state for the financial year (FY) 2018-19. The ...
BERC Sets ₹4.16/kWh as Average Power Purchase Cost for Bihar DISCOMs

BERC Sets ₹4.16/kWh as Average Power Purchase Cost for Bihar DISCOMs

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) has fixed ₹4.16 (~$0.064)/kWh as the average power purchase cost (APPC) for the state’s distribution companies (DISCOMs) during financial year 2018-19. The APPC does ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Top Four Indian Solar States

Four States Accounted for 75 Percent of India’s Utility-Scale Solar Installations in 2017

With the addition of 9.6 GW of new solar capacity, 2017 was a banner year for solar in India. At the end of the year, India’s cumulative solar installations stood ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Union Territory of Lakshadweep Joins Government’s UDAY Program

Union Territory of Lakshadweep Joins Government’s UDAY Program

The union territory of Lakshadweep has become the latest signatory to the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program which has been implemented by the government of India to assist in ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Development Banks Loaned to Indian Solar Rooftops in 2017

Development Banks Loaned $1.4 Billion to Indian Solar Rooftops in 2017

Various development banks made substantial concessional loans to assist the Indian government in its plans to expand solar rooftop installations in 2017. According to a new report by the Ministry ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
MNRE Financial Assistance to DISCOMs to Boost Rooftop Solar in India

MNRE Announces $3.7B in Financial Assistance to DISCOMs to Boost Rooftop Solar in India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has released a new proposal to overhaul the existing rooftop solar implementation mechanism by making it the responsibility of distribution companies (DISCOMs) ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Indian Solar Installations Totaled a Record 2.2 GW in Q3

Indian Solar Installations Totaled a Record 2.2 GW in Q3 as Uncertainties Loom

Indian solar installations totaled 2,247 MW in Q3 2017, up 300 MW from Q2 according to the recently released India Solar Market Update by Mercom India Research. However, like in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CERC Releases Inter-State Transmission Connectivity Draft Regulations for Solar and Wind Projects

CERC Releases Inter-State Transmission Connectivity Draft Regulations for Solar and Wind Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has released draft regulations for granting Inter-State Transmission Connectivity to solar and wind projects. The proposal, entitled “Grant of Connectivity and General Network Access ...
/ / Grid, Utilities