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Coronavirus lockdown: Discoms get 3 months for payment to ensure 24x7 power supply

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 30, 2020

The union government has approved a financial relief package for the power sector, that entails a three month moratorium on state owned electricity distribution companies (discoms) to make payments for the electricity bought by them, and reducing the payment security amount...

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Power demand dips, discoms’ revenue hit

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 27, 2020

The demand for power in the country has taken a sharp dip of 20 per cent following a nationwide lockdown. In a letter sent to the PMO on Thursday, the All India Power Engineers’ Federation (AIPEF) said that demand had crashed following a complete shutdown of industrial and...

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India needs to set up manufacturing base for smart electricity meters: Parl panel

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 26, 2020

India needs to establish a manufacturing base of smart electricity meters to ensure adequate supply and should ensure that there are multiple players in the segment, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy has said in its latest report. "There is a need to augment the...

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Renewable energy: APERC public hearing scheduled on April 21

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 24, 2020

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has scheduled the hearing on the amendments proposed by the state Discoms to Forecasting Scheduling and Deviation Settlement of Solar and Wind Generation Regulation, 2017 on April 21. The AP State Load Despatch...

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Distribution the Weakest Link in India’s Power Sector: IEEFA

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 17, 2020

The precarious financial health of Discoms coupled with a lack of competition is undermining India’s power distribution and generation sectors and hindering much needed new renewable energy investment, a new Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA)...

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Andhra discoms clear dues to renewable energy developers

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 16, 2020

Power distribution companies in Andhra Pradesh have cleared all dues of renewable energy developers in accordance with a court directive, and scaled down the practice of reducing purchase of green power, bringing relief to the sector that has been under immense pressure in...

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Tangedco open to reviewing need for new coal projects

By : Sustainability ..., Mar 3, 2020

Tamil Nadu’s state-owned electricity generation and distribution company, Tangedco, is open to reviewing the need for new coal-fired projects, if there is a clear trend showing that the cost of energy from ‘solar plus storage’ plants is lesser than that of coal. “We are...

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Wind-Solar hybrid tenders: Allowing multiple energy injection points will kill energy storage in its infancy

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 28, 2020

Lobby group the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has raised concern that the draft competing bidding guidelines for hybrid renewable energy projects being prepared by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) are not in sync with the objectives of...

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Tariff impact to be negligible if utilities invest in EV charging infra

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 26, 2020

Majority of the state public utilities have said that there will be a marginal increase in electricity tariffs if discoms invest in public electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in their respective license areas. While, one state public utility said that tariff could...

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Solar power projects delayed by coronavirus in China may get relief

By : Sustainability ..., Feb 24, 2020

In a big relief to renewable energy projects, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will give extra time for the commissioning of power projects that face delays due to squeezing of supply lines from China which is facing deadly spread of coronavirus. On the lines...

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