The Ministry of Power (MoP) has announced Rs 1 billion award for states that would complete household electrification early under the SAUBHAGYA scheme. Apart from discoms, the employees would also collectively get an award of Rs 5 million for completing the task of electrifying households. There are three categories of states to compete under the scheme which include special category states (northeast and other hilly states), one pool of states where number of households to be electrified are less than 0.5 million and another pool would cover the states that have more than 0.5 million households to be electrified. The states (Gujarat, Punjab, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh) that have already achieved 99 per cent of household electrification work will not be considered for the award.
MoP is examining a proposal to bid out ultra mega power projects (UMPP) to meet the rising electricity demand in the country. It is estimated that it will take at least four to five years for UMPP bids to fructify, and by that time the demand in the country would also have accelerated. The central government’s flagship UMPP programme was launched in 2005 following which the 3,960 MW Sasan UMPP and the 4,000 MW Mundra UMPP were awarded and commissioned by Reliance Power and Tata Power respectively. The last UMPP bidding round was conducted in 2015 for Bedabahal (Odisha) and Cheyyur (Tamil Nadu) UMPPs but it was cancelled after private developers pulled out of the bidding process citing issues in the tendering norms.
NTPC Limited and National Aluminium Company Limited have decided to cancel the development of the proposed 2,400 MW Gajamara thermal power project in Odisha owing to land acquisition challenges and coal linkage issues. The landowners of 1,500 acres of land in Gajamara are demanding a higher compensation than what is offered by the developers. The project was expected to be developed with an investment of Rs 140 billion with three units of 800 MW each. In a separate development, NTPC has received support from banks for funding its plan to buy assets undergoing resolution in the National Companies Law Tribunal. Out of the 32 stressed coal-based units, the company has shortlisted eight to nine projects totaling 10 GW for acquisition
NTPC Limited’s 705 MW Badarpur coal-based plant has closed down its operations fully and permanently after it was identified as one of the largest contributors to air pollution in Delhi by the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA). In the last few years, only unit IV and V of 210 MW had been operational as the older ones were decommissioned due to high pollution levels. After the EPCA order in 2017, the plant was to go out of business on July 31, 2018, but the deadline had to be extended twice first to August 2018 and then till October 2018, as the Tughlaqabad substation was yet to be ready
NHPC Limited has shut down the 180 MW Baira Siul Hydro Power Station in Himachal Pradesh for renovation and modernisation (R&M) and life extension works. The plant will be under complete shutdown for six months effective from October 15, 2018.
The Gujarat government has sought Supreme Court’s direction to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) to amend the power purchase agreements of Tata Power Company Limited, Essar Power Limited, and Adani Power Limited. The state government’s high-powered committee’s report that calls for relief for the power companies has been submitted to the apex court. The three companies were not allowed to pass the increase in the cost of imported coal on to tariffs for their respective projects in Gujarat. In April 2017, the Supreme Court had disallowed any pass-through of the cost of coal on tariffs for Adani Power and Tata Power.
Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) is planning to launch a new scheme ‘Jhatpat Connection Yojana’ for providing electricity connections easily and swiftly through quick processing of applications, mainly through an online process. Under the scheme, a consumer's application would be immediately forwarded to the concerned engineers under a swift processing system for quick approval. The below poverty line (BPL) consumers would be required to pay just Rs 10 for an electricity connection, while those in the above poverty line (APL) category would be required to pay Rs 100 for getting an electricity connection of load between 1 kW to 25 kW.
Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) has introduced city’s second electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the premises of Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) on Millers Road. It has planned to set up a network of charging stations at 11 identified BESCOM-owned locations and the work is expected to be completed in six months. The state’s transport department will also tie up with BESCOM to provide charging facility in 120 places in the city including IT parks, shopping malls, metro stations, airport, and BDA complexes.
Sterlite Power has commissioned of Northern Region Strengthening Scheme 29 (NRSS 29), two months ahead of schedule. The NRSS-29, with a project cost of Rs 30 billion, connects the northern grid to Jammu and Kashmir The project is capable of delivering an additional 1,000 MW to the valley of Kashmir through a 414 km long transmission line that will augment the state’s power transmission capacity by at least 33 per cent. About one-third of the peak demand in Kashmir would be met through this route. The company deployed helicranes in the Pir Panjal range to overcome challenges of high altitude, snow and inaccessible terrains
CESC Limited has announced its demerger into three entities, with the power and retail businesses getting separate identities, while IT, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and Quest Mall would be under the third unit. power generation and distribution business would continue to be called CESC, while retail business would now be called New Retail. The third company, which would include IT, FMCG etc will be named Venture Companies. The demerger is expected to benefit all shareholders as they will be able to participate in the individual business where growth opportunities are better at different points of time.
Suzlon Group has installed India’s tallest wind turbine generator with a hybrid concrete tubular (HCT) tower at Tirunelvi in Tamil Nadu. The 140-meter HCT tower is a combination of concrete base and foundation supporting a tubular steel tower that enables higher hub heights while avoiding an exponential increase in the weight and costs of an all steel tubular towers. The new HCT tower will make low wind sites viable. The concrete tower was constructed onsite, using the pre-cast in-situ ensuring control on quality and internally reinforced with high strength steel cables.
UK-based Lightsource BP is planning on setting up solar power projects in India through its partnership with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India. In April 2018, the UK Government and NIIF had announced an agreement to become joint anchor investors in the Green Growth Equity Fund with each committing £120 million to the fund. In June 2018, Lightsource BP completed its first project in India - the 60 MW solar photovoltaic plant in Wagdar, Maharashtra. In a separate development, the Saudi Arabia government has shown interest in partnering with India to develop complementary supply chains, and deploy funds and new technologies in the Indian solar sector.
NTPC’s foreign currency bonds and masala bonds have been listed on NSE-IFSC’s debt securities market. It has raised $2,400 million, €500 million and Rs 40 billion by issuing bonds in different tranches, under its $6-billion Medium Term Note Programme. The bonds are listed on stock exchanges at London and Singapore.
Sekura Energy Limited, which is backed by Edelweiss Infrastructure Yield Plus fund, is likely to acquire two operating power transmission assets from Essel Infraprojects Limited namely DarbhangaMotihari Transmission Limited and NRSS XXXI (B) Transmission Limited. It is also set to acquire WaroraKurnool Transmission Limited and NRSS XXXVI Transmission Limited, which are expected to be commissioned in 2019-20. The stake in the two under construction assets would be acquired post the commissioning of the assets.
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
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.
The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) Has Notified A Discussion Paper Titled ReDesigning Ancillary Services Mechanism In India.
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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