DISCOMs Owed Renewable Generators ₹146 Billion at the End of August 2021

DISCOMs Owed Renewable Generators ₹146 Billion at the End of August 2021

Distribution companies (DISCOMs) owed ₹146.07 billion (~$1.97 billion) to renewable energy generators (excluding disputed amounts) in overdue payment across 259 invoices at the end of August 2021, according to data ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
DISCOM Revamp Plan Could Expedite Payments and Strengthen Transmission Network

DISCOM Revamp Plan Could Expedite Payments and Strengthen Transmission Network

The Ministry of Power (MoP) issued detailed guidelines last month for the reform-based result-linked power distribution program over the next five years. The program aims to reduce the aggregate technical and commercial ...
Status of Retrofitting Pollution Control Systems in Thermal Plants

Status of Retrofitting Pollution Control Systems in Thermal Plants

Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has stipulated that all coal-fired power generating units need to reduce harmful sulfurous gas emissions by retrofitting necessary pollution control equipment. The ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
AT&C Losses Among Distribution Companies Dips by 8% Between FY 2016 and 2020

AT&C Losses Among Distribution Companies Dips by 2% Between FY 2016 and 2020

Union Minister R.K. Singh replied to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the government has reviewed the assistance provided to states and power distribution companies (DISCOMs) under the ...
/ / AT&C, Grid
Ministry of Power Releases Detailed Plan to Revamp DISCOMs

Ministry of Power Releases Detailed Plan to Revamp DISCOMs

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued detailed guidelines for reform-based result-linked power distribution program over the next five years. The program aims to improve the quality and the reliability ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Ministry of Power Allows Option for DISCOMs to Exit PPAs After Completing Tenure

Ministry of Power Allows Option for DISCOMs to Exit PPAs After Completing Tenure

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has provided an option for distribution licensees (DISCOMs) to continue or exit from power purchase agreements (PPAs) for projects that have completed 25 years of ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy
Ministry of Power gives its nod to net metering for rooftop solar systems up to 500 kW capacity

Month in a Minute: Top Headlines from Indian Renewable Sector in June 2021

Here is a recap of some of the most important headlines from June 2021: The Ministry of Power (MoP) has finally issued the rules concerning net metering for rooftop solar ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Government Approves Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Up to 500 kW Capacity

Government Approves Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Up to 500 kW Capacity

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has finally issued the much-awaited amendment to the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) 2020 Rules concerning net metering for rooftop solar installations. The amendment permits net ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Daily News Wrap-Up: Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act Introduced in the US

Daily News Wrap-Up: Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act Introduced in the US

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world: U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff has introduced the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act to boost American solar manufacturing, ...
Waiver of ISTS Charges for Solar and Wind Projects Extended until June 30, 2025

Waiver of ISTS Charges for Solar and Wind Projects Extended until June 30, 2025

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has announced an extension to the inter-state transmission system (ISTS) charges waiver on solar and wind energy projects commissioned up to June 30, 2025. The waiver applies ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Growing Demand for Rooftop Solar Expected to Offset Adverse Impact of Cap on Net Metering

Growing Demand for Rooftop Solar Expected to Offset Adverse Impact of Cap on Net Metering

Net metering, one of the vital policy drivers for rooftop solar adoption, has witnessed a series of revisions in India in the past few months. Net metering for rooftop solar ...
Ministry of Power to Set Up National Mission on Biomass Use in Coal-Fired Thermal Plants

Ministry of Power to Set Up National Mission on Biomass Use in Coal-Fired Thermal Plants

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has decided to set up a national mission on the use of biomass in coal-powered thermal power plants. The main purpose of the mission is to ...
/ / Other, Waste to Energy
Stable, Conducive Policies and Low-Cost Finance Critical to Scale Rooftop Solar

Stable, Conducive Policies and Low-Cost Finance Critical to Scale Rooftop Solar

Mercom recently held a virtual panel discussion on 'C&I Rooftop Solar – Best Shot at Reducing Operating Expenses' to understand how affordable and accessible rooftop solar is despite the visible ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
CPSU Program for 12 GW of Solar Amended, VGF Capped at ₹5.5 Million

CPSU Program for 12 GW of Solar Amended, VGF Capped at ₹5.5 Million

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued amendments for setting up 12 GW of solar projects with viability gap funding (VGF) by central public sector undertakings (CPSUs) ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Integrated Day Ahead Market Proposed in Exchanges for Conventional Renewable Energy

Integrated Day Ahead Market Proposed in Exchanges for Conventional & Renewable Energy

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has decided to set up an integrated day-ahead market (DAM) at the power exchanges with separate price formation for power generated from renewable energy and ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Ministry of Power Calls for Suggestions to Frame the National Electricity Policy 2021

Ministry of Power Calls for Suggestions to Frame the National Electricity Policy 2021

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has released the draft National Electricity Policy (NEP) 2021 and invited suggestions from all stakeholders. The MoP has created an expert committee that includes members ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Ministry of Power Proposes Allowing Net Metering for Rooftop Solar up to 500 kW

Ministry of Power Proposes Allowing Net Metering for Rooftop Solar up to 500 kW

The Ministry of Power has issued a draft amendment to Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020, which allows net metering for rooftop solar systems of loads up to 500 kW ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
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 ...
Gadkari Urges R K Singh to Reconsider Net Metering Restriction for Rooftop Solar

Gadkari Urges R K Singh to Reconsider Net Metering Restriction for Rooftop Solar

The Minister of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Nitin Gadkari, has brought the attention of the Minister of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), R K Singh, to a representation ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Budget 2021 Sets Aside ₹10 billion for SECI, Increases Customs Duty on Solar Inverters

Budget 2021 Sets Aside ₹10 Billion for SECI, Increases Customs Duty on Solar Inverters

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the 2021-22 budget in the parliament in the backdrop of a falling economy crushed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Finance Minister said that the ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Month in a Minute Top Headlines from Indian Renewable Sector in December 2020

Month in a Minute: Top Headlines from Indian Renewable Sector in December 2020

Here is a recap of some of the most important headlines from December 2020: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has constituted a high-level inter-ministerial Apex Committee to ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Top Developments That Influenced the Rooftop Solar Sector in 2020

Top Developments That Influenced the Rooftop Solar Segment in 2020

Rooftop solar is still one of the easiest ways for consumers to go solar. Compared to utility-scale solar, the rooftop solar segment was especially hard hit from COVID-19 this year, ...
Mercom India's Most Read News Stories from 2020

Mercom India’s Most Read News Stories from 2020

2020 is almost behind us. The year threw unique challenges at us while some interesting developments took shape in the renewable industry. Mercom revisits announcements and policy developments that interested ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
2020 A Look Back_ Developments that Shaped the Solar Sector

2020 A Look Back: Developments that Shaped the Solar Sector

2020 took off with high expectations, with Mercom projecting over 8 GW in solar installations for the year right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. After the lockdown in March, development ...
/ / Mercom Research Focus, Other
No Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW Ministry of Power

No Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Systems Over 10 kW: Ministry of Power

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued The Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020 laying down the rights of power consumers to minimum standards of quality. The rules cover the ...
/ / Grid, Market & Policy