The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has sought an extension of five years from the Supreme Court to set up an ’away from reactor’ (AFR) facility in order to store the spent nuclear fuel from the operations of units-1 and 2 of the 2,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu. The court, in its judgement in May 2013, had given NPCIL five years to complete the project with the deadline of May 2018. However, NPCIL has now approached the court seeking an extension for setting up the AFR facility on account of lack of experience with long-term storage requirements of high burn-up Russian-type pressurised water reactor fuel.
The central government and the union territory of Lakshadweep have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) for the operational turnaround of the union territory’s Electricity Department (ED). An overall net benefit of about Rs 80 million would accrue to Lakshadweep ED by participating in UDAY, by way of cheaper funds, reduction in aggregate technical and commercial losses, and interventions in energy efficiency, among others
NLC India Limited‘s proposed 3,200 MW coal-based power plant in Odisha is facing issues with the state government over power allocation. The state government has demanded an allocation of 14 per cent power at variable cost, however, NLC India has contested it stating that the condition does not apply to a central public sector undertaking. The company has committed an investment of Rs 118.75 billion for the plant which is planned to come up at Tareikela near Jharsuguda, in the vicinity of the company’s Talabira-I and Talabira-II captive coal blocks. Apart from the plant, the company has committed an investment of Rs 22.5 billion across solar projects aggregating 300 MW in the state.
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids for setting up 3 GW inter-state transmission system (ISTS) connected solar power projects to be installed across different locations in the country. The solar photovoltaic (PV) projects will be implemented on a build own operate (BOO) basis. The successful bidders would enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with SECI for a 25 year-term, at a fixed tariff of Rs 2.93kWh. The successful bidders would be chosen through an e-bidding process followed by an e-reverse auction process. The last date for the submission of bids is April 27, 2018.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) will invest Rs 244.1 million for installing energy efficient LED lights at the airports, buildings and facilities operated by the Airports Authority of India (AAI), as part of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme. EESL will manage the entire project from the procurement of the lights, to their maintenance post installation. As per the MoU signed between EESL and AAI, the programme would be implemented under the energy savings companies (ESCO) model.
Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has launched a request for selection (RfS) for the installation of 500 MW of grid-connected wind capacity and related transmission infrastructure across the state. Both domestic and foreign players can participate in the auction under the condition that the foreign players would have to constitute a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for implementing the project.An additional 500 MW capacity may be offered to the participants who are willing to sign PPAs with GUVNL at the lowest quoted tariff. The deadline for submitting the RfS proposals is April 2, 2018.
The Karnataka government has dedicated the 1,600 MW Yermarus Thermal Power Station (YTPS) to the state. The coal-based plant is based on the supercritical technology and is owned by Raichur Power Corporation Limited, which is a joint venture of Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Industrial Finance Corporation of India.
The 2,000 MW Shakti Sthala Solar Park has been inaugurated at Pavagada in Tumkur, Karnataka.The solar park generated 600 MW power as of January 2018 while an additional 1,400 MW is expected to be generated by December 2018. The solar park, spread across an area of 13,000 acres, entails an investment of Rs 16.5 billion. The park has been developed by Karnataka Solar Power Development Corporation Limited, a joint venture of Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited and SECI.
EESL plans to invest over Rs 37.30 million across the e-mobility, energy efficiency, smart metering and solar rooftop segments in Andhra Pradesh. The MoUs in this context were inked at the CII Partnership Summit held in the state. As per the agreements, EESL will provide 10,000 electric vehicles and 4,000 e-car chargers in association with New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Limited. In addition, the MoUs cover supply of 1.7 million smart meters to the Southern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited and Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh Limited. Further, EESL will support the installation small solar rooftop projects aggregating 450 MW in the state in a phased manner.
The Andhra Pradesh government, in association with AutoGrid Systems Inc. has announced an initiative to adopt smart grid and internet of things (IoT) based solutions for improving the health of utilities and enhancing customer experience. The programme involves demand-side management (DSM) programmes including agricultural pump sets and industrial units. The DSM solutions are expected to yiled benefits of over Rs 10 billion per year.
Telangana has become the first state in India to surpass the mark of 3 GW solar power installation.In 2017, the state, along with Karnataka, accounted for all solar power addition in the country. In a separate development, the state crossed the mark of 10,000 MW peak power demand for the first time on February 26 and February 27, 2018. The increase in demand has been attributed to the uninterrupted power supply to the agricultural sector that was started in January 2018.
The central government has allowed Reliance Power Limited to produce 18 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of coal from its Moher and Moher-Amlohri captive coal blocks in 2017-18, in excess of the cap of 17 MTPA. The company was given the permission to produce an additional 1 MTPA for the financial year to run its 3,960 MW Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Madhya Pradesh. Reliance Power had stated that the cap was not enough to carry out operations until the end of the financial year and an additional 2 MTPA production was required to prevent a shutdown. The Sasan UMPP comprises six units of 660 MW each.
ReNew Power Ventures Private Limited has signed an MoU with the Andhra Pradesh government for developing 1,000 MW solar power capacity and 1,000 MW wind power capacity in the state, over the next five years. The agreement was signed at the CII Partnership Summit held in Andhra Pradesh. As per the agreement, ReNew Power will invest Rs 130 billion in the proposed projects
Avaada Power Private Limited is planning to invest Rs 250 billion in the renewable energy segment for developing capacity aggregating 5,000 MW across solar, wind, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and rooftop segments. The company is targeting an operational capacity of 1,000 MW before December 2018 and subsequently plans to add 1,000-1,500 MW capacity each year. In a separate development, the company inked an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government for developing 500 MW solar projects in the state with an investment of Rs 35 billion.
Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has signed MoUs with Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVNL), Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL) and Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) for providing financial assistance aggregating Rs50.2 billion to the entities over the next four years. The financial assistance has been provided forupcoming greenfield projects, development of coal mines, strengthening the distribution and transmission infrastructure network in the state, and the extension of thermal generation projects at Jawaharpur, Panki,Harduaganj, Anpara, and Obra among others.
Reliance Power has sought the approval of its shareholders to raise up to Rs 20 billion by issuing securities or shares through qualified institutional placement. The funds raised would be utilised for reducing the debt burden of the company and its subsidiaries.
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.
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
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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