The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has notified a discussion paper titled ReDesigning Ancillary Services Mechanism in India. The paper attempts to assess the performance of the current framework of frequency support and balancing ancillary services mechanism in India and to suggest next generation reforms by way of introduction of auction-based procurement of ancillary services. CERC has sought comments and suggestions on the paper by October 10, 2018
The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has notified the draft Guidelines on Availability of Communication Systems for Interstate Transmission of Electricity. The guidelines have been prepared by the National Power Committee in line with the CERC’s Communication System for Interstate Transmission of Electricity Regulations, 2017. The draft guidelines elaborate upon the treatment of communication system outages and the methodology for computation of availability of communication system. CEA has sought comments/suggestions from various stakeholders by September 20, 2018.
CEA has notified the draft Technical Standards for Communication System in Power System Operations Regulations, 2018. The regulations seek to ensure seamless integration, reliable, redundant and secure communication in the power system. The regulations also aim to ensure that any network change does not cause any adverse effect on the functioning of the existing communication system. These standards will be applicable to all communication service providers, central and state generating companies including grid-connected captive generating plant, renewable energy generators, transmission licensees, distribution licensees, a bulk consumers, a consumer whose electrical system is connected to transmission system, distribution system, market operation service providers, and other service providers like forecast, weather, and, ancillary services, etc. CEA has sought comments/suggestions on the draft regulations by September 20, 2018.
The Ministry of Coal’s standing linkage committee has recommended fresh coal linkage of 2.8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) for 500 MW of capacity for NTPC Limited’s 720 MW Barauni thermal power plant (TPP) in Bihar. The TPP already has a coal supply agreement for 220 MW capacity of the TPP. The standing committee has also recommended bridge linkages to a 500 MW unit at the Ukai TPP and an 800 MW unit at the Wanakbori TPP in Gujarat which are owned and operated by the Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Limited. The linkages will be allocated under the Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala (Coal) Transparently in India.
NTPC Limited has set up an electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Simhadri, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Designed by NTPC‘s in-house engineering team, the station can charge three EVs simultaneously. Earlier in May 2018, NTPC had commissioned an EV charging station at Talcher Super Thermal Power Station in Odisha. The company is actively looking at expanding its presence in the EV charging space.
The Jammu and Kashmir State Administrative Council (SAC) has approved the formation of a joint venture (JV) between the central and the Jammu and Kashmir government for development of the 850 MW Ratle Hydro Electric Project (HEP). Majority of the ownership of the project ranging between 51 per cent and 90 per cent is proposed to be with the state. The HEP will be transferred to the state within a period of seven years from the start of commercial operation of the project. The Ratle HEP was earlier being developed by the GVK Group but work on the project was halted in 2014 owing to agitation by locals, tariff issues and financing problems. The state government reportedly terminated the contract with GVK in February 2017.
Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) is planning to set up a 600 MW pump storage plant near Upper Indravati multi-purpose reservoir at an investment of Rs 30 billion funded by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). OHPC is likely to partner a private sector firm which would be selected through a bid process conducted by IFC. The private sector firm is expected to mobilise $210 million for the project. The proposed project will use solar power in the daytime to raise water to a height and then release it into a lower reservoir to generate power at peak hours in the evening.
Adani Power’s 4,620 MW Mundra thermal power project (TPP), Tata Power’s Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) 4,000 MW and Essar Power’s 1,200 MW Salaya TPP in Gujarat are likely to get relief as the Gujarat government is set to approve tariff revision with fuel cost pass-through. The high-powered committee (HPC) set up by the state government has suggested that the power purchase agreements (PPAs) need revision since the changes in the Indonesian regulation have led to an increase in imported coal cost. The committee has recommended that the fuel pass-through can be revised after five years based on coal price movement.
Siemens has commissioned the second block of the high-voltage-direct-current (HVDC) back to back link in Bheramara, Bangladesh to connect electricity supply networks in India and Bangladesh. The block 1 is in operation since 2013 and offers a transmission capacity of up to 500 MW. With the commissioning of the second block, the two back-to-back links would ensure a reliable electricity supply of up to 1,000 MW as well as help in avoiding transmission bottlenecks in power transfer to Bangladesh. From Bheramara at the Western border of Bangladesh, the 230-kV grid of the country will be connected via a substation and overhead lines to India's 400-kV grid.
Vikram Solar has commissioned a 10 MW solar power plant for Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) in Gujarat. The plant is divided into eight blocks of 1.25 MW capacity for increasing efficiency and uses polycrystalline technology. The project is developed to meet ONGC’s captive power requirements and will provide power to ONGC’s Dahej, Gandhar and Hazira facilities. The company is also responsible to provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services to the plant for a period of three years from the date of commissioning.
The State Bank of India (SBI) has stated that banks might need to abort lending to power sector projects, after the changes in recognition of non-performing assets in the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) February 12 circular. Around 30 power projects with a cumulative exposure of Rs 1.7 trillion would be facing bankruptcy proceedings after the Allahabad High Court’s order. SBI has found four out of eleven power assets to be not resolvable and has a total of Rs 270 billion exposure to the distressed accounts.
Jindal Steel & Power Limited is planning to split its steel, power, and international businesses into three separate entities to help reduce its Rs 420 billion debt. The international business includes the Oman steel plant of which 30 per cent of the stake would be sold in a period of two to three years through an initial public offer (IPO). The company is targeting to reduce its debt by 15 per cent in 2018-19. However, the plan is yet to be approved by lenders, regulators and the board.
Reliance Infrastructure Limited (RInfra) has paid all outstanding electricity duty and other taxes amounting to Rs 26.40 billion to the Maharashtra government leading to the largest ever debt reduction by a company in the Indian power sector. The company has reduced debt liabilities by Rs 138 billion from its deal to sell its Mumbai power business to Adani Transmission Limited. RInfra is expected to be debt free in 2019 after the flow of regulatory assets of Rs 50 billion back to the company, which are currently under approval.
India Grid Trust (IndiGrid) has completed the investment of Rs 2.32 billion in Patran Transmission Company Limited (PTCL). IndiGrid had signed an agreement in February 2018 to invest in PTCL. This is IndiGrid’s first investment in a third-party asset. The company has set a target of achieving Rs 300 billion of assets under management in the next five years.
The Ministry Of Power Is Planning To Finalise The Proposed Hydro Policy In Order To Revive Stalled Hydropower Projects Aggregating About 5,950 MW
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) Has Issued A Discussion Paper On “Market Based Economic Dispatch Of Electricity: Re-designing Of Day-Ahead Market (DAM) In India”
The Ministry Of Power Has Decided To Convert All Existing And New Meters Into Smart And Prepaid Meters Within Three Years Starting From April 1, 2019
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) Has Notified The Draft CERC (Terms And Conditions Of Tariff) Regulations, 2019
The Central Government Has Constituted A Group Of Ministers (GoM) Headed By The Finance Minister To Examine
The Ministry Of Power Has Announced That The Households In Eight More States Have Achieved 100 Per Cent Electrification Under Saubhagya.
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission Has Notified The Deviation Settlement Mechanism (DSM) And Related Matters (Fourth Amendment) Regulations, 2018
The Ministry Of Power Is Planning To Introduce An Electric Vehicle (EV)s Charging Infrastructure Policy Which Would Allow Individuals To Set Up Charging Stations For Commercial Use.
The Ministry Of Power Has Notified An Amendment In The Methodology For Use Of Coal By States In Private Generating Stations Under ‘Case-4: Flexibility Of Utilisation Of Coal In IPPs.
The Supreme Court Has Asked The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) To Review Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) Of The Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) By Adani Power Limited, Tata Power Company Limited And Essar Power Limited In Gujarat.
The Ministry Of Coal Has Issued A Tender For Allocation Of Coal Mines For Companies Engaged In Specific End-use Sectors
The Ministry Of Power (MoP) Has Announced Rs 1 Billion Award For States That Would Complete Household Electrification Early Under The SAUBHAGYA Scheme
Coal India Limited (CIL) Has Signed A Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) With NLC India Limited For The Formation Of A Joint Venture
The Central Government Is Likely To Resume Allotting Coal To Merchant Power Plants That Supply Electricity To The Short-term Market
The Ministry Of Environment Forest And Climate Change Has Accorded Environmental Clearance To NTPC Limited For The 1,320 MW Talcher Expansion Thermal Power Project In Odisha
The Ministry Of Environment, Forest And Climate Change (MoEFCC) Has Issued A Draft Notification To Add A New Rule In Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2006
The Ministry Of Power (MoP) Has Notified The Draft Electricity (Amendment) Act, 2018 Carrying The Proposed Amendments To The Electricity Act, 2003.
Ministry Of Power Has Issued A Direction To The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) To Allow Changes In Any Central Or State Government Duties To Be Passed Onto Electricity Tariffs To Consumers Post Bidding
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) Has Notified The Draft Open Access In Inter-State Transmission (Fifth Amendment) Regulations, 2018
The Parliamentary Standing Committee On Energy Has Recommended That A New Framework Must Be Adopted To Resolve The Issue Of Stressed Power Assets
The Central Electricity Regulation Commission (CERC) Has Issued The Planning, Coordination And Development
The Ministry Of New And Renewable Energy (MNRE) Has Suggested The States To Waive Off Certain Cess And Taxes To The Developers Of Small Hydro Power (SHP) Projects (less Than 25 MW Capacity) For Six Years
The Ministry Of Power (MoP) Has Notified A Draft Concept Note On Merit Order Operation For Flexibility In Generation And Scheduling Of Thermal Power Stations
The Ministry Of Power Has Proposed To Change The Mandatory Default Setting For Air Conditioners
The Ministry Of Power (MoP) Is In The Process Of Finalising Guidelines To Improve Coal Supply To Thermal Power Plants
The Indian And French Governments Have Signed An Agreement To Expedite Work On The 9,600 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant In Maharashtra And Commence Work On The Site By The December 2018
The Central Government Has Launched The National E-Mobility Programme To Provide An Impetus To The E-mobility Ecosystem In The Country
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The Ministry Of Power (MoP) Is, Reportedly, Planning To Amend The Electricity Act, 2003 To Impose Penalties On Discoms For Load Shedding And To Introduce Direct Subsidy Transfers By State Governments To Consumers.
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The NITI Aayog Is Expected To Introduce
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Macawber Beekay Has Received The Recommendations From American Society Of Mechanical Engineers
The Ministry Of Power Has Issued
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The Ministry Of Power (MoP) Is At An Advance Stage
Coal India Limited(CIL) Is Offering Domestic
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The NITI Aayog Has Notified The Draft National
The Ministry Of Power Has Evaluated The Status Of 34 Stressed Thermal Power Plants
The Niti Aayog Hasasserted In ItsThree-year Action Agenda
Raj Kumar Singh Has Been Appointed As The New Union State Minister For Ministry Of Power
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