Discoms in Bihar Enjoying Perks of Installing EESL’s Prepaid Smart Meters amid Lockdown

Amidst nationwide lockdown where most of the Discoms are dealing with outstanding dues mainly on account of long-pending bill payments from their customers, some of the power distribution companies (Discoms) in Bihar are earning Rs 5 lakh per day prepaid revenue through EESL-led smart metering programme. Bihar became the first state in India which has […]

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Govt to Offer Rebate to Discoms for Covid-19 Lockdown Period

With an aim to provide relief to cash strapped power distribution companies (Discoms), the government has taken a slew of measures to help them, including providing a rebate for the lockdown period amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The power ministry’s move is in line with the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement on May 13, 2020, under […]

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Discoms to get Loans at low Rates to pay Back Gencos: RK Singh

Discoms will be offered loans at cheaper rates by state-owned power sector financing companies for clearing their dues towards Gencos, RK Singh has said. Financially stressed Discoms will be offered loans at cheaper rates of 8.5 to 9 percent for a 10-year period by state-owned power sector financing companies PFC and REC for clearing their dues towards power generation companies (Gencos), Power and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh […]

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Discoms’ Liquidity Infusion via Loan Positive for Gencos, But Losses to Shoot Up by Rs 270 Bn in FY21: ICRA

Government’s Rs 900 billion liquidity support under Atmanirbhar Bharat package for state power distribution utilities (Discoms) is a much welcome measure, said ICRA a leading credit rating agency. However, this liquidity infusion in Discoms will be in the form of loans against receivables, from major power sector lenders Power Financial Corporation (PFC) and Rural Electrification […]

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Renewable Energy Industry Reacts to Rs 90k Cr Stimulus for Discoms

The recently announced infusion of liquidity worth Rs 90,000 crore to Discoms against their receivables has been well received by the industry. After PM Narendra Modi had announced a new Rs 20 trillion stimulus package in his recent messages to the public, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman came to the rescue of the power sector in […]

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Smart Prepaid Meters Enable Discoms Generate 95% Billing Efficiency amid Lockdown

Despite lockdown imposed across the country due to coronavirus crisis, the use of smart prepaid meters is helping power distribution companies (Discoms) in generating around 95 percent of billing efficiency, along with an average 15-20 percent increase in monthly revenue per consumer. This is significant as most of the Discoms amidst lockdown in the country […]

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‘PFC Should Lend More to Renewable Energy Instead of Stranded Assets’

Instead of backing obsolete & uneconomical coal-fired power plants that could soon become stranded assets, state-owned power sector lender, PFC should lend more to support renewable energy capacity addition, suggested by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) in its new findings. Both Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Rural Electric Corporation Ltd (REC) […]

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ACC Okays Appointment of PK Das as CMD, IREDA

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has provided its consent for the appointment of Pradip Kumar Das as new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), a central power financial institution, as per the sources. ACC committee is comprised of the Prime Minister […]

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Discoms’ Dues to Gencos Surges 31% to Rs 92,674 Cr in Feb

The outstanding dues of power distribution companies (Discoms) to power generation companies (Gencos) grew by 31.1 percent to Rs 92,674 crore in February 2020, which reflected the continued stress in the power sector. As per the Government of India’s PRAAPTI portal (Payment Ratification And Analysis in Power procurement for bringing Transparency in Invoicing of generators), Discoms […]

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