Gujarat’s Petroleum University Inaugurates a 45 MW Solar Module Manufacturing Unit

Gujarat’s Petroleum University Inaugurates a 45 MW Solar Module Manufacturing Unit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi e-inaugurated a 45 MW monocrystalline solar panel manufacturing unit at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) in Gujarat. "The setting up of the 45 MW solar panel ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
Reduced Late Payment Surcharges, A Double Whammy for Power Generators_

Reduced Late Payment Surcharges, A Double Whammy for Power Generators?

To reduce the financial burden of distribution companies (DISCOMs), the Ministry of Power (MoP) proposed a reduction in late payment surcharges (LPS) for payment delays to the power generators last ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
All DISCOMs Asked to Comply with Energy Conservation Act to Cut Electricity Losses

All DISCOMs Asked to Comply with Energy Conservation Act to Cut Electricity Losses

The Ministry of Power (MoP) issued a notification to cover all distribution companies (DISCOMs) under the purview of the Energy Conservation (EC) Act, 2001, to help reduce electricity losses and ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Month in a Minute_ Top Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in October 2020

Month in a Minute: Top Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in October 2020

Here is a recap of some of the most important headlines from October 2020: The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) extended the exemption for the Bureau of Indian ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Power Ministry Decides to Check Erratic Late Payment Surcharges, Proposes Rules

Power Ministry Decides to Check High Late Payment Surcharges, Proposes Rules

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has proposed Late Payment Surcharge Rules 2020. The government has noticed the extremely high rate of late payment surcharges prevailing in the sector. It has ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Telangana Prepares Framework for Demand-Side Management of Distribution Licensees

Telangana Prepares Framework for Demand-Side Management of Distribution Licensees

The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has released the draft regulations for demand-side management (DSM) initiatives of distribution licensees (DISCOMs). DSM involves planning, executing, and monitoring a DISCOM's activities ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Tariffs to be Adjusted within 30 Days of Change in Law Event, Proposes Ministry of Power

Tariffs to be Adjusted within 30 Days of Change in Law Event, Proposes Ministry of Power

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has drafted new electricity rules to make the compensation process easier for renewable project developers. The proposed regulations, if implemented precisely, will bring a huge ...
Ministry of Power Signs Pact with Three State-Run Utilities for Augmenting Generation (1)

Ministry of Power Signs Pact with Three State-Run Utilities for Augmenting Generation

The Government of India's Ministry of Power (MoP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with three state-run major power utilities: SJVN, NTPC, and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
New Transmission Infrastructure for Solar and Wind Coming Up in Rajasthan and Gujarat

New Transmission Infrastructure for Solar and Wind Coming Up in Rajasthan and Gujarat

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has allowed Bikaner Khetri Transmission Limited (BKTKL) and Powergrid Bhuj Transmission Limited (PBTL) to lay transmission lines for renewable projects in Rajasthan and Gujarat. According ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
DISCOM Dues to Power Generators Mount to ₹101 BillionAt the End of June

DISCOM Dues to Power Generators Mount to ₹101 Billion At the End of June

The distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed renewable generators ₹101.11 billion (~$1.3 billion) in overdue payments (excluding dues under dispute) spread across 544 invoices at the end of June 2020, according to ...
/ / Grid, Utilities
Guidelines Released for Round-the-Clock Procurement of Renewables with Thermal Power

Guidelines Released for Round-the-Clock Procurement of Renewables with Thermal Power

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued guidelines for the procurement of round-the-clock (RTC) power from grid-connected renewable projects complemented with power from thermal power projects. According to the notification, ...
Uttar Pradesh Drafts Bidding Document for Slop-Based Renewable Power

Uttar Pradesh Drafts Bidding Document for Slop-Based Renewable Power

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) dismissed a petition filed by the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) seeking to fulfill its renewable purchase obligation (RPO) target by procuring ...
/ / Biofuel, Other
Maharashtra DISCOM Highlights Issues with Proposed Amendments to the Electricity Act

Maharashtra DISCOM Highlights Issues with Proposed Amendments to the Electricity Act

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has written a letter to the Ministry of Power (MoP), highlighting its comments and suggestions on the Ministry’s proposed amendments to the ...
Punjab Reduces Late Payment Surcharge for DISCOMs to 0.75% Per Month Amid COVID-19

Punjab Reduces Late Payment Surcharge for DISCOMs to 0.75% Per Month Amid COVID-19

The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) announced that it had reduced the late payment surcharge (LPS) to 0.75% per month. The late payment surcharge is to be paid by ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Andhra Pradesh Objects to Amendments Proposed in the Electricity Act

Andhra Pradesh Objects to Amendments Proposed in the Electricity Act

In a letter to the Ministry of Power, the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has expressed disagreement with the government’s proposed amendments to the Electricity Act. In April, Mercom ...
Guidelines Revised for EV Charging Infrastructure

Guidelines Revised for EV Charging Infrastructure

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued an amendment to its guidelines and standards for the charging infrastructure of electric vehicles (EVs). The guidelines were issued by the Ministry in ...
PGCIL Approves ₹10.75 Billion As Rebate to DISCOMs on ISTS Charges Amid COVID Crisis

PGCIL Approves ₹10.75 Billion as Rebate to DISCOMs on ISTS Charges Amid COVID Crisis

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) announced that it had approved ₹10.75 billion (~$142.5 million) as a one-time consolidated rebate to distribution companies (DISCOMs) and power departments of ...
Military Engineer Services Issues Tender for Solar Power Supply to LED Lights for Indian Navy

Military Engineer Services Issues Tender for Solar Power Supply to LED Lights for Indian Navy

The Military Engineer Services (MES) has invited bids for off-grid solar electric supply to LED pathway lights at Nofra under GE Gomantak, Vasco. Gomantak is the headquarters of the Indian ...
Chhattisgarh Commission Issues Amendment to RPO Regulations for Captive Projects

Chhattisgarh Commission Issues Amendment to RPO Regulations for Captive Power Projects

The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission (CSERC) has issued an amendment to its regulation for captive generating projects. These regulations deal with the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets to be ...
CERC Issues Guidelines for Inter-State Transmission Charges for Solar and Wind Projects

CERC Issues Guidelines for Inter-State Transmission Charges for Solar and Wind Projects

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has issued new guidelines for inter-state transmission charges and losses. The guidelines shed light on the responsibilities of the nodal agencies and the calculation ...
SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 5 GW of Renewable Power Bundled with Thermal

SECI Extends Bid Submission Deadline for 5 GW of Renewable Power Bundled with Thermal

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has extended the deadline for the submission of bids to supply 5 GW of round-the-clock (RTC) power from grid-connected renewable power projects, bundled ...
Top Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in April

Top Headlines from India’s Renewable Sector in April

The month of April witnessed several important events that might have a significant impact on the renewable energy sector going forward. Here are some of the important developments in April ...
DISCOMs’ Obligation to Pay for Power Within 45 Days of Raising Letter of Credit Remains

DISCOMs’ Obligation to Pay for Power Within 45 Days of Raising Letter of Credit Remains

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued a clarification regarding letters of credit (LoC) to be given by distribution companies (DISCOMs). It stated that DISCOMs are expected to deposit LoCs for ...
Ministry of Power Revises Local Content Requirements in Power Distribution Components

Ministry of Power Revises Local Content Requirements in Power Distribution Components

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued a public procurement order with revised requirements for locally made components in electrical equipment used in the power distribution center. The Ministry issued ...
HPPC Asked to Study Commercial Viability of its Solar Project with Battery Storage

SECI Gets Approval to Sell 600 MW of Solar Power to Haryana and Bihar at ₹2.44/kWh

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has approved a tariff of ₹2.44 (~$0.034)/kWh adopted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to sell 600 MW of solar power allocated ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar