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
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, ...