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Bhagwanth Khuba: New Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy
Shri Bhagwanth Khuba took over as the Minister of State in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy here today in the presence of Shri R. K. Singh , Cabinet Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy. Khuba, a BJP leader from North Karnataka, also took charge as Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers. On this occasion, he was greeted at the office at MNRE, CGO Complex by Shri Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and other senior officers as well as CMDs of CPSUs under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. “I have been given the responsibility of the chemical and fertiliser ministry, I will work with dedication and in a transparent way. The government is there to find solutions to all kinds of problems. I will study the problems of this ministry in the next few days and try to find solutions,” Khuba said after taking charge.
ACME, ReNew Win MSEDCL 500 MW Solar Tender
ACME Solar Holdings and ReNew Solar Power are the winners of the 500 MW of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) Tender. In May this year Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) has invited logn term bids for procurement of 500 MW of Solar Power (Phase VI) through tariff based bidding process on e-Bidding portal as per the guidelines issued by Govt of India to mitigate renewable purchase obligation (RPO). The tender had received a strong response from the bidders and was oversubscribed by 3.5 GW. Power Makes Pvt. Ltd, CIL, Orient Power, MSRDC, Mahagenco, Azure, O2, NTPC, Tata and Avaada was the bidders who had quoted for the tender other then ACME and ReNew. ACME Solar has won 300 MW at Rs.2.42/unit and ReNew bagged 200 MW at Rs.2.43/unit. Both the winner will enter into 25 year PPA with MSEDCL for supply of power.
NTPC Invite Bids For EPC Works of 500 MW of Solar Projects
NTPC has invited bids for an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) package with land development for 500 MW of grid-connected solar projects anywhere in India. The minimum bid capacity is 50 MW, with the maximum set at 500 MW. Or in multiples of 10 from 50 MW onwards. The successful bidder will also be required to take care of the operation and maintenance activities of the solar project for three years from the date of the successful completion of the trial run. Last date to submit the bid is 10th August 2021. To participate in the bidding process, the bidder should have designed, supplied, erected, and commissioned as an EPC contractor or developed grid-connected solar projects of cumulative installed capacity of 40 MW or higher, out of which one power should have been of 10 MW or higher capacity. For projects in 50 MW to 300 MW capacity, the bidder should have executed in the last ten years an industrial project either as a developer or an EPC contractor in the area of power, steel, oil, and gas, petrochemical, fertilizer, cement, coal mining, or any other process industry for a value of Rs 258 crores or more. For projects in the 310 MW to 500 MW capacity, the bidder should have executed a project for a value of Rs 516 crores or more.
RK Singh Takes Charge as Cabinet Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy
Shri Raj Kumar Singh assumed charge as Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. A former Union home secretary, R K Singh also the former IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officer was the Minister of Stat with independent charge in the power and new and renewable energy ministries. He was also an Minister of Stat in the Ministry of Skill Development.
Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister for giving the responsibility , Shri R.K. Singh said that the Prime Minister has shown great confidence and we will live upto that. In his brief interaction with media after assuming charge, Shri Singh further added that we have achieved targets of electrification set by the Prime Minister well before the schedule and will strive to ensure that the benefits of power and energy sector reach the common man.
NTPC Invites Tenders For Deploying Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses in Delhi, Leh
NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of NTPC Ltd announced that it has invited tenders for deploying hydrogen fuel cell buses in Delhi and Leh. The scope of the proposal includes Manufacturing, Design, Supply, of 05 Nos. hydrogen fuel cell based electric buses (FCEBs). The e-buses would be zero-emission vehicles in true form as hydrogen would be generated from renewable energy making it a pure green initiative. Green hydrogen would be supplied to the buses by NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd. NVVN is providing comprehensive mobility solution in all e-vehicle segments targeting reduction of carbon footprint and achieving energy security. Hydrogen buses are among the initiatives being undertaken to realise PM Narendra Modi’s vision of making Ladakh carbon neutral. Bid submission end date is 26.07.2021.
Smart Grid Cell to be Establish in Telangana, Says TSERC
The Telangana State Electricity Regulatory Commission (TSERC) has issued a notification for implementing the TSERC (Smart Grid) Regulation, 2021, to be enforced from the date of its publication in the Telangana Gazette. Last yerar TSERC had proposed smart grid regulations to improve the efficiency of the state’s power generation, transmission, and distribution networks. According to the Commission the smart grid technologies have considerable potential to promote demand response, reducing wholesale prices and price volatility. The objectives of this Regulation are to enable integration of various smart grid technologies and measures to bring about economy, efficiency improvement in generation, transmission and distribution licensee operations, manage the transmission and distribution networks effectively, enhance network security, integrate renewable and clean energy into the grid and micro grids.