Rajasthan Government Unveils Ambitious Renewable Energy Policy, 2023 To Transform The State’s Energy Landscape
In a groundbreaking move towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy future, the Rajasthan State Government has unveiled the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Policy, 2023. This visionary policy is designed to tap into the vast potential of renewable energy sources, particularly solar and wind power, and drive their integration into the state’s power grid. The policy sets the stage for a new era of clean energy production, reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and aligning with national and global efforts to combat climate change.
Ministry Of Power Issues Draft Notification On Renewable Generation Obligation For Coal And Lignite-Based Power Stations
In a significant move towards reducing fossil fuel consumption and promoting renewable energy sources, the Central Government, empowered by the Energy Conservation Act, 2001, has issued a new notification specifying minimum renewable energy (RE) usage for designated consumers with coal and lignite-based generating stations. This decision marks a crucial step in the government’s efforts to combat climate change and transition towards cleaner energy alternatives.
Union Minister R.K. Singh Urges Regulatory Action for a Sustainable Power Sector
Shri Singh commended the significant progress made in various areas since their last meeting in October 2022. Notably, he praised the timely issuance of tariff orders and true-up orders for distribution companies, transmission licensees, and generating utilities. This punctuality is vital for establishing cost-reflective tariffs, thereby enhancing the financial viability of the power sector. However, the Minister expressed concern over the growing backlog of cases in certain commissions and urged them to prioritize the resolution of long-pending matters. The Minister emphasized the importance of ensuring that tariffs accurately reflect the entire cost of service provided by distribution companies (DISCOMs). He highlighted the government’s mandate for compulsory energy audits, which will identify power leakages and theft, aiding in reducing Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses. Shri Singh encouraged regulators to set realistic trajectories for reducing AT&C losses.
Madhya Pradesh Invites Bids for 670 MW Solar PV Project Under PM KUSUM-C Initiative
Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to invite bids from renewable power generators (RPGs) for the implementation of approximately 670 MW of grid-connected solar PV systems. These systems will be deployed for the sale of solar power to the Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL) as part of the feeder solarization component of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM-C) initiative. The project will be executed at various locations throughout the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Interested bidders are required to submit their proposals and all necessary documents by October 30, 2023, up to 20:00 hours.
APERC Issues Draft (Green Energy Open Access, Charges, and Banking) Regulation, 2023
The primary objective of this draft regulation is to grant open access to green energy, enabling consumers to harness electricity generated from renewable sources like wind, solar, and mini-hydel power. It applies to both the Intra-State Transmission System (lnSTS) and distribution systems of licensed entities in Andhra Pradesh. Additionally, it covers systems incidental to the interstate transmission of electricity, ensuring a comprehensive approach to green energy access. One of the crucial aspects of this regulation is its ability to supersede all previous regulations, stipulations, guidelines, and directions issued by the Commission regarding open access to green energy. This move ensures a unified and streamlined approach to accessing renewable energy within the state.