Tender & Policy Buzz India: CERC Issues Draft Ancillary Services Regulations; PGVCL Issues Tender for 68245 Bidirectional Meters for Rooftop Solar and More

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CERC Issues Draft Ancillary Services Regulations

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission issued draft Ancillary Services Regulations with inclusion of Energy Storage under secondary and teritiary reserves with performance-based incentives. The comments/ suggestions/ objections may be sent to the undersigned on or before 30th June, 2021. These regulations aim to provide mechanisms for procurement, through administered as well as market-based mechanisms, deployment and payment of Ancillary Services for maintaining the grid frequency close to 50 Hz, and restoring the grid frequency within the allowable band as specified in the Grid Code and for relieving congestion in the transmission network, to ensure smooth operation of the power system, and safety and security of the grid. These regulations shall be applicable to regional entities, including entities having energy storage resources and demand side resources qualified to provide Ancillary Services and other entities as provided in these regulations.

PGVCL Issues Tender for 68245 Bidirectional Meters for Rooftop Solar

The Chief Engineer (Material) of Paschim Gujrat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL) has issued on line tender from registered manufacturers who work in India for the purchase of single-phased, 5-30 ampere, solar bidirectional static meters having LED display and facility for data downloading from the rooftop solar. The quantity of the meters has been distributed among PGVCL MGVCL and DGVCL as 42745, 18000, and 7500, respectively. The EMD amount for MSME Bidders – Rs. 1,50,000/- and for Other Bidders – Rs.2,50,000/-. Last Date of Online Bid Submission – 17-06-2021 upto 18.00 Hrs.

NITI Aayog Releases SDG India Index for 2020-21: Kerala on Top

The third edition of the SDG India Index and Dashboard 2020–21 was released by NITI Aayog. Since its inaugural launch in 2018, the indexhas been comprehensively documenting and rankingthe progress made by States and Union Territories towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Now in its third year, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition among the States and Union Territories. Kerala managed to retain the top spot followed by Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu this year in the SDG India Index. While Bihar was placed at the bottom.

Goa CM Launches Solar-based Electrification Programme for Remote Villages

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Sunday launched solar-based electrification programme for rural households in the state. This project will bring electricity through renewable energy to areas in Goa where grid connectivity is not feasible. “With a focus on delivering clean, affordable, and reliable energy to all, Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa, inaugurated a solar-based electrification programme for remote rural households in Goa,” a CESL Statement said. The solar PV-based home lighting systems for households was inaugurated only two days after the agreement was signed between Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL) and Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA).

MNRE Sanctions 19,000 Solar Street Lights for Jammu and Kashmir

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has sanctioned 19,000 solar street lights (SSLs) to Jammu and Kashmir, where the J&K Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) has already installed 2,200 such lights so far. The SSL project has a central financial support of Rs 42.06 crore against the total project cost of Rs 47.84 crore with the remaining project cost of Rs 5.78 crore to be provided by the Union Territory. The project is being implemented by JAKEDA, under the command of its Chief Executive Officer Babila Rakwal, to ensure that the solar street lights are installed expeditiously at public places in consultation with the district administration of J&K.

MSEDCL Issues EOI For 500 MW of Solar Project

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd (MSEDCL) desires to procure cumulative 500 MW (AC) solar power from decentralised solar projects through competitive bidding process (followed by e-reverse auction) to be connected at distribution network (11/22 KV) under Component-A of “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan” (PM-KUSUM) Scheme in the state of Maharashtra. Pre-bid meeting (through VC) on 08.06.2021 at 11.00 Hrs. Last date for submission of Technical & Financial bids 28.06.2021 11.00 Hrs

REMCL Invites Bids for Setting up 15 MW Solar Project with Battery Storage System

The Railway Energy Management Company Ltd (REMCL), a joint venture of RITES Ltd and the Indian Railways, has floated a tender inviting bids for setting up a 15 MW solar project, with a 7 MW/14 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS), on railway land at Butibori in Nagpur. REMCL said that a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will be signed with the developer at a tariff that is discovered during the bidding process. The bidding process will open on August 9 and close on the same day. The last date to submit the bids is August 9, 2021, and bids will be opened on the same day. According to the tender document, the capacity utilisation factor of the solar project should be at least 17 % for the PPA period, and the BESS availability should be 98 percent. To participate in the competitive bidding process, the bidder should promote only commercially established and operational technologies to minimise the technology risk and to achieve timely commissioning of the project.

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