New Guidelines Propose Charging Stations for Heavy EVs Every 100 kilometers on Highways

New Guidelines Propose Charging Stations for Heavy EVs Every 100 kilometers on Highways

To facilitate the usage of electric vehicles (EV) in the country, the Union Power Minister R.K. Singh has approved the amendments in electric vehicle charging guidelines and specifications. The revised ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Maharashtra Commission Allows Modifications in PPAs and PSAs for 252 MW of Solar Projects

Maharashtra Commission Allows Modifications in PPAs and PSAs for 252 MW of Solar Projects

The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has approved the requests of a petition filed by the Maharashtra State Power Generation Corporation Limited’s (MSPGCL) for two solar power projects of 150 ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Is Unconditional Letter of Credit the Answer to Solar, Wind Payment Issues_

Is Unconditional Letter of Credit the Answer to Solar, Wind Payment Issues?

Cases of payment delays to renewable generators have become common and on the rise. However, the Ministry of Power has given these developers a shot in the arm by introducing ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
Manufacturers Body Questions Center on Usage of Domestic Solar Cells in KUSUM Program

Manufacturers Body Questions Center on Usage of Domestic Solar Cells in KUSUM Program

The Solar Energy Equipment Manufacturers Association of Telangana (SEEMAT) has written a letter to the Minister of Power R.K. Singh requesting the withdrawal of “the irrational and impractical decision of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Lender Can Substitute Promoter in Case of Solar Generator Default_ Amended Guidelines

Lender Can Substitute Promoter in Case of Solar Generator Default: Amended Guidelines

The Ministry of Power has amended the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. This is the third time these guidelines have been amended. The ...
/ / Uncategorized
Nearly 10 GW of Renewable Capacity Added to Green Energy Corridor

Nearly 10 GW of Renewable Capacity Added to Green Energy Corridor: RK Singh

The Government of India has been working for a while now to expedite the implementation of transmission infrastructure for the evacuation of power from renewable energy projects. To accelerate the ...
Power Ministry’s 5-Year Plan Calls for Fair Share of Renewables and More Washed Coal

Power Ministry’s 5-Year Plan Calls for Fair Share of Renewables and More Washed Coal

The Ministry of Power has issued a vision document which charts the way forward for India’s power sector. The document points out the problem areas and sets the timeline for ...
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 ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Uttar Pradesh DISCOM Gets Approval to Call for Bids to Procure 400 MW of Hydropower

Large Hydro Power Projects Now Officially Categorized Under Renewable Energy Sources

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the proposal put forward by the Ministry of Power to include large hydro power projects over 25 MW under the aegis ...
/ / Other, Water
No Increase in RPO of Captive Projects if Additional Capacity Not Added_ Ministry of Power

No Increase in RPO of Captive Projects if Additional Capacity Not Added: Ministry of Power

The Ministry of Power has passed an order stating that the renewable purchase obligations (RPO) of captive power projects should be fixed at the appropriate level in the year such projects ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
NITI Aayog Releases Proposal to Develop Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Delhi

Government Proposes $700 Million Plan for EV Infrastructure Revamp in the Next 5 Years

Recently, the Ministry of Power (MoP) in a meeting with the Fifteenth Finance Commission in New Delhi, proposed measures to support the development of Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) infrastructure and ...
Uttar Pradesh Invites Bids for 200 MW in its Private Sector Owned Solar Park

MNRE Amends Bidding Guidelines for Solar Projects; Reduces Commissioning Timeframe

The Ministry of Power has amended the competitive bidding guidelines for the procurement of power from grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, incorporating changes to further the pace of solar installations ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
India Announces New Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings

India Announces New Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Buildings

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has announced the ECO Niwas Samhita 2018, which is the Energy Conservation Building Code for residential buildings (ECBC-R). The implementation of this code is expected ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Jharkhand Adopts E-Mobility Program in Partnership With EESL

New EV Charging Station Guidelines Announced

With the goal to facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in the country, the Ministry of Power (MoP) has announced guidelines and standards for the development of electric ...
CEA Charts Transmission Infrastructure Plan for 4,950 MW of Wind Projects

Power Generators Can Terminate PPA if DISCOM Defaults on Payment: Committee Proposal

The Government of India constituted a High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) on July 29, 2018 chaired by the Cabinet Secretary to address the issues of stressed thermal power projects. Country’s apex ...
/ / Grid, Grid Optimization
Ministry of Power Proposes Adoption of Uniform Tariff Structure for All States

Ministry of Power Proposes Adoption of Uniform Tariff Structure for All States

The Ministry of Power has issued a proposal incorporating new modifications to the revised proposal for amendments to the Electricity Act 2003. In September 2018, the Ministry of Power had ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
India Auctioned 2 GW of Solar Projects in August 2018

Banks Don’t want to be Blamed for not Lending to Solar Projects Due to Risks Taken by Others

It is common knowledge that the solar industry in India has several important issues that need to be resolved for the industry to keep growing. The Ministry of New and ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Ministry of Power Issues Revised Proposal for Amendments to the Electricity Act

Ministry of Power Issues Revised Proposal for Amendments to the Electricity Act

The Ministry of Power has issued a revised proposal for amendments to the Electricity Act 2003. The revised proposal is open for comments up to October 22, 2018. In the ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Developers who have projects under development need to use the pass through option due to safeguard duty that was imposed recently on solar imports

Ministry of Power Asks CERC to Expedite Pass Through Option Process

The Ministry of Power has written to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) directing the commission to expedite the process for the exercise of the pass through option. Following the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Uttar Pradesh Retenders 500 MW of Solar Projects

Uttar Pradesh Retenders 500 MW of Solar Projects

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) has retendered 500 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity to be developed across Uttar Pradesh. The bid-submission deadline is ...
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 ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Project Developers Seek Power Minister’s Help to Save Solar Assets in Karnataka

Project Developers Seek Power Minister’s Help to Save Solar Assets in Karnataka

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has requested the Minister of Power, R. K. Singh to intervene and save the commissioned solar photovoltaic (PV) assets in the state ...
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 ...
Ministry of Power Says No License Required for Operating EV Charging Stations

Ministry of Power Says No License Required for Operating EV Charging Stations

The Ministry of Power has issued a clarification stating that no license is required to operate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in India. This is a positive news for the ...
Uttar Pradesh Releases Blueprint for Open Access Regulations

Recommendations from Forum of Regulators to Improve Open Access in India

The Forum of Regulators (FOR) released a report last December on the issues affecting open access in the country. The report charts a way forward for the better implementation of ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar