Week In India: Prime Minister Reviews Activities Post Amphan via Video Conferencing, MNRE Invites Firms Under One Sun One World One Grid, CERC Issues Transmission Corridor Allocation of RTM for Electricity in India And More

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Power Minister Reviews Restoration of Power Infrastructure Post Amphan via Video Conferencing

The Union Minister of Power,R. K. Singh,recently reviewed the progress of restoration of power systems post AMPHAN cyclone in WB and Odisha with Additional Chief Secretary Power, WB; Principal Secretary, Power, Odisha; CMDs of various DISCOMS; Secretary Power, GoI; Additional Secretary, Power, GoI; CMD, PowerGrid, and other senior officials via video-conferencing.Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that the disruption caused by the Cyclone to the power systems was extensive, but the restoration work has been carried out swiftly. He said that the Inter State Transmission System was restored within a few hours and Central Power PSUs also provided human resources to carry out power restoration of local power supply in the cyclone affected areas. He expressed confidence that the restoration will be complete in Odisha by today evening itself and the work is in progress in parts of Kolkata and some other districts of West Bengal.

Karnataka Extends Validity Of Existing Tariff Structure for Solar Projects till 31st March

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has recently passed an order regarding  extending the validity of the existing tariff structure determined by the Commission in August 2019.The commission orders that the tariff of solar power projects including roof top is extended for one year from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.The above tariff order will be applicable for all new solar projects for which power purchase agreements (PPAs) are entered into on or after 1st April 2020.Order mentioned  that the other content of the order remains unaltered.These tariffs were applicable to all such new solar power projects for which PPAs are entered into and approved by the Commission, after the date of issue of the said Order and also those which achieved commercial operation on or offer 0 .04.2015. This Order was in force till 31.03.2020.

MNRE Invites Consulting Firms For Implementing Plan Under One Sun One World One Grid

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India invites proposals from qualifying Consulting Firms for “Developing a long-term vision, implementation plan, road map and institutional framework for implementing “One Sun One World One Grid”.A Pre-bid Meeting is scheduled  at 5 th June, 2020.The deadline for submission of pre bid queries is 15th June, 2020.Deadline for submission of proposals Online and  Hard Copy is  6th July and  8th July, 2020 respectively .The scope of work is planned to be undertaken in a phased approach consisting of three phases viz. assessment, design & pilot followed by a full-scale roll-out. MNRE has asked firms to send offers electronically, comprising a technical proposal and financial proposal on sk.gupta81@gov.in at or before 11:59 PM Indian Standard Time (IST), on 6th July, 2020. MNRE may at its discretion extend the deadline for the submission of proposals.

JERC Issues Generic Tariff Order for Solar PV Projects for FY 2020-2021

Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) issued an order on generic tariff order for renewable energy sources for fy 2020-2021.In compliance of the Renewable Energy Tariff Regulations, 2019, the Commission has determined the generic tariff for Solar PV for the State of Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep Islands, Puducherry, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Chandigarh Union Territories.This order shall come into force with effect from 1st June, 2020 and shall, continue till 31st March, 2021 or till further orders of the Commission.Commission stated that “The existing Generic Tariff dated 02nd September, 2019 is hereby extended till 31st May, 2020, due to unprecedented situation caused by COVID 19.”

Prime Minister Reviews Activities Of MoP And MNRE

The Prime Minister recently reviewed the work of the Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, last evening. Policy initiatives including revised Tariff Policy and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 to redress the problems afflicting the power sector were discussed.The Prime Minister emphasized the need to enhance consumer satisfaction while increasing operational efficiency, and improving financial sustainability of the power sector. He pointed out that the problems in the power sector, especially of the electricity distribution segment, vary across regions and states. Instead of looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, the Ministry should put in place state-specific solutions to incentivize each state to improve its performance.He advised the Ministry of Power to ensure that the DISCOMs publish their performance parameters periodically so that the people know how their DISCOMs fare in comparison to the peers. He also emphasized that equipment usages in the power sector be made in India.

CERC Issues Transmission Corridor Allocation of RTM for Electricity in India

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) recently passed an order regarding Implementation of Real Time Market (RTM) for Electricity in India –Transmission Corridor Allocation.The order states that “The Commission, in order to implement Real Time Market (RTM) for electricity in India, has made provisions through amendments in relevant Regulations on 12th December, 2019 , namely Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Indian Electricity Grid Code) (Sixth Amendment) Regulations, 2019; Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Open Access in inter-State Transmission) (Sixth Amendment) Regulations, 2019; and Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Power Market) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2019.”

CERC Orders PGCIL To Submit Transmission Charges On Monthly Basis

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission passed an order In the matter of determination of Transmission Tariff from FY 2014-15 to FY 2018-19 of the Transmission Lines belonging to the Petitioner (CSPTCL) conveying electricity as ISTS lines, for inclusion of these assets in computation of Point of Connection, Transmission Charges and Losses in accordance with the CERC (Terms & Conditions of Tariff) Regulations 2014 and (Sharing of Inter-State Transmission Charges and Losses), Regulations, 2010.Chhattisgarh State Power Transmission Company Ltd  (“CSPTCL”) has filed the instant petition against Power Grid Corporation of India Limited for approval of the transmission tariff of the following transmission lines namely: (1) Kotmikala- Amarkantak-1, 220 kV Line (2) Kotmikala- Amarkantak-2, 220 kV Line (3) Raigarh-Budhipadar, 220 kV Line (4) Korba-Budhipadar, 220 kV Line (5) Seoni- Bhilai 400 kV Line against Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).In regards to sharing of transmission charges the commission stated that, The transmission charges shall be recovered on monthly basis  and shall be shared by the beneficiaries and long term transmission customers as amended from time to time. 

CERC Rejects Plea Made by OPTCL for Annual Fixed Charges Against PGCIL

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) passed an order In the matter of approval of tariff for inclusion of Transmission Assets in Computation of Point of Connection (PoC) Charges and Losses as per Commission’s order for inclusion in PoC charges amendments in accordance with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission Regulations and amendments.Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) filed petition against four respondents which include Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL),Jharkhand State Electricity Board,West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited and GRIDCO Ltd.The commission stated that “Not having submitted the required information or having sought any time extension for filing the information even after more than two months have elapsed, demonstrates that either OPTCL is not in a position to furnish the requisite information or is not interested in pursuing the instant petition. Therefore, we dispose of the instant petition”

Tata Power’s Renewable Energy portfolio grows to 3883 MW in Q4 FY20

Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, today, announced that its renewable business capacity crossed 2,637 MW (932 MW Wind & 1705 MW Solar). With this, the company’s Renewable Energy portfolio (includes clean & green projects) stands at 3,883 MW, a 7% increase from the corresponding quarter last year.The Company witnessed a 34% increase last year with higher operational revenues and EPC volume. With this, the operating renewable portfolio of Tata Power has grown to 2,197 MW, comprising 551 MW wind and 1,646 MW solar respectively this year. At present, Tata Power contributes about 36% of its capacity (in MW terms) through clean and green generation source, which is about 1% of India’s total installed capacity of 372 GW. It also plans to significantly transform the existing model of supply and usage of power with the advent of new technologies and climate change challenges.

Taking the Lead in Obtaining India’s New Standard BIS Certification, SOFARSOLAR Continues to Lead the Inverter Market in India

Recently, SOFARSOLAR announced that it has taken the lead in obtaining the BIS certification of India’s new inverter standard. The first achievement of this certification has laid the leading position of SOFARSOLAR in Indian inverter market, and at the same time set an excellent quality benchmark for the complicated inverter market environment in India, which is good news for users in Indian states. The selection of various power section inverters of SOFARSOLAR not only ensures the quality and revenue, but also enables users to enjoy the intimate and timely local service support, which can be said to be one stroke more.

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