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
SECI Payouts to Solar and Wind Developers Down to ₹4.08 Billion in February 2021

SECI Payouts to Solar and Wind Developers Down to ₹4.08 Billion in February 2021

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) paid nearly ₹4.08 billion (~$56.2 million) to solar and wind developers for the purchase of power in February 2021, as per the data ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Solar Developers Desperately Need Access to Project Financing, Cheaper Funds

Solar Developers Desperately Need Access to Project Financing, Cheaper Funds

What lies ahead for the renewable energy sector in India? Will investments dry up, or will 2021 bring out the best for the sector? A discussion on these vital issues ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
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
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
Where is the Solar Market Headed: Changing Face of the Indian Solar Sector

Where is the Solar Market Headed: Changing Face of the Indian Solar Sector

The Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant nationwide lockdown capped off a turbulent 2020 for the Indian solar sector. The pandemic affected the solar supply chain and brought the solar industry ...
'Change in Law' Clause in PPAs Signed by Small Scale Distributed Solar Projects Approved

‘Change in Law’ Clause in PPAs Signed by Small Scale Distributed Solar Projects Approved

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has approved the incorporation of 'change of law' in the proposed power purchase agreements (PPAs) by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam. These PPAs are ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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
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
Amendments to Solar, Wind, and Hybrid Policies in Andhra Pradesh

Amendments to Solar, Wind, and Hybrid Policies in Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Energy Department has clarified that the amendments made to policies on the wind, solar, and wind-solar hybrid projects will apply to projects commissioned after November 18, 2019 ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Malaysia Shortlists Bidders for 823 MW of Large-Scale Solar Projects

Malaysia Shortlists Bidders for 823 MW of Large-Scale Solar Projects

The Energy Commission of Malaysia (Suruhanjaya Tenaga) completed the competitive bidding process to develop LSSPV (Large Scale Solar Photovoltaic) Projects in Peninsular Malaysia for commercial operation in 2022/2023 and declared ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
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
Telangana Solar Developers Write to Chief Minister About Piling Dues from DISCOMs

Telangana Solar Developers Write to Chief Minister About Piling Dues from DISCOMs

The Telangana Solar Power Developers' Association has urged the state Chief Minister to advise the Telangana State Power Coordination Committee and Telangana state distribution companies (DISCOMs) to clear at least ...
Aggressive Bids Adversely Affecting the Sector - Rooftop Solar Integrators to MNRE

Aggressive Bids Adversely Affecting the Sector – Rooftop Solar Integrators to MNRE

Solar Parivar, an Uttar Pradesh-based group connected with the solar energy sector, has requested the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to resolve issues faced by rooftop solar integrators ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Edged Up to ₹122 Billion in January 2021

DISCOM Dues to Renewable Generators Edged Up to ₹122 Billion in January 2021

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹122.49 billion (~$1.65 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payments across 384 pending invoices at the end of January 2021, according to ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Unsigned Power Sale Agreements – A Major Hurdle for Growth in the Solar Sector

Unsigned Power Sale Agreements – A Major Hurdle for Growth in the Solar Sector

The Indian solar industry added just 3.2 GW of solar in 2020 as the market slumped by 56% due to COVID-related disruptions. However, Mercom expects 2021 and 2022 to be ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
MNRE Incentives Restricted to Rooftop Solar Systems Connected to the Grid

MNRE Incentives Restricted to Rooftop Solar Systems Connected to the Grid

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued amendments to the guidelines for the Phase II of the rooftop solar program. In the new guidelines, the Ministry has ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
India Adds 3.2 GW of Solar in 2020 a 56% Decline as COVID Takes a Toll

India Adds 3.2 GW of Solar in 2020, a 56% Decline as COVID Takes a Toll

India installed 3,239 MW of solar capacity in the calendar year (CY) 2020, a 56% decline, compared to 7,346 MW in 2019, according to the latest 2020 Q4 & Annual ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Ground Realities And Market Outlook Amid Rapid Energy Transformation In India

Ground Realities And Market Outlook Amid Rapid Energy Transformation In India

With 38 GW of solar installed, India is one of the leading solar markets in the world. According to Mercom's forecast, 2021 and 2022 could be the two best years ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Bids Invited for the Procurement of 188,000 Smart Meters for Ajmer and Jodhpur DISCOMs

Bids Invited for the Procurement of 188,000 Smart Meters for Ajmer and Jodhpur DISCOMs

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids to procure 188,000 smart meters based on 3G/4G mode for deployment under Ajmer and Jodhpur distribution companies (DISCOMs). The successful bidder ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Budget 2021 Receives Mixed Reactions from Energy Sector Stakeholders

Budget 2021 Receives Mixed Reactions from Energy Sector Stakeholders

The 2021-22 Budget tabled in the Parliament by the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has received a mixed response from stakeholders in the energy sector. While the massive outlay for revamping ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Extension of Power Purchase Agreement for a Wind Project Denied in Rajasthan

Extension of Power Purchase Agreement for a Wind Project Denied in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) dismissed Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited's (RRECL) request to extend the power purchase agreement (PPA) signed with Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (RUVNL). The ...
/ / Wind
Tata Power Completes Acquisition of 51% Stake in Odisha DISCOMs

Tata Power Completes Acquisition of 51% Stake in Odisha DISCOMs

Tata Power has announced its takeover of Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha (WESCO) and Southern Electricity Supply Company Of Orissa (SOUTHCO). From now on, WESCO and SOUTHCO will operate ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Power Producers Say TANGEDCO Demanding Heavy Discounts on Pending Dues

Tamil Nadu DISCOM Demanding Heavy Discounts on Pending Dues: Power Producers

The Association of Power Producers (APP) has complained that Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) is forcing them to accept heavy discounts on dues payable. In a letter to ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy