To Boost EVs, Himachal Restricts Diesel/Petrol Vehicles For Govt Depts

In an initiative to boost the growth of Electric Vehicles (EV) in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has directed all government departments not to buy diesel or petrol vehicles starting January 1, 2024. This has been done with a view to promoting electric vehicles on a large scale. If necessary, the departments […]

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Ministry of Power Releases Guidelines For Uniform Renewable Tariff

The Ministry of Power has now approved the procedure for implementing a Uniform Renewable Energy Tariff for the end power procurers, including discoms and open-access consumers. It will be applicable to renewable energy projects connected with the Inter-State Transmission Systems (ISTS).  It comes after the Electricity (Amendment) Rules 2022 discussed the uniform renewable tariff (URET). […]

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Govt Amends Bidding Norms For HVDC Projects Under ISTS

The Ministry of Power has now issued an order amending its Standard Bidding Document for the procurement of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) power through tariff-based competitive bidding (TBCB) process under the High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system.   The new order proposed modifying para 2.1.2 to make changes to the eligibility criteria of the bidders. The ministry […]

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Half-Yearly Report: Indian Wind Energy Installations Surpass 2022 Records

The Indian Wind Energy industry seems to be bouncing back after a lull. A comparative study of the monthly installed capacity data of different power sources hinted at the rise of wind energy installations in the country in 2023. According to the monthly reports on wind energy capacities during the first half of 2023, the […]

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Haryana Issues Tender To Solarise Its Govt Buildings With RTS

The Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HREDA) has now issued a tender to solarise its government buildings with solar rooftops for a period of 25 years. The tender mandated the bidders to supply solar power by commissioning grid-connected rooftop solar power plants on the rooftops of government buildings across the state.  HREDA, through the tender, asked the […]

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Govt Amends Norms To Give Preference To Make In India Smart Meters 

The Ministry of Power has now amended its earlier notification related to public procurement, which gives special preference to Make in India materials. The latest amendment notification has included smart meters under its preference list. Earlier electricity meters were in the list but smart meters were not part of it. The ministry had in 2017 […]

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CEA Proposes Reconductoring Of ISTS Transmission Lines Under RTM Mode

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) issued a draft discussion paper on reconductoring ISTS (Inter-State Transmission System) lines. The central authority said that this could augment power transmission capacity and standardize the system.  The government agency asked the stakeholders and the general public to send in their objections and comments on the same by July 17, […]

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Govt Amends RE Bundling Norms, Allows Joint Ventures

The Ministry of Power has issued a notification to amend some portions of the scheme for bundling renewable energy with thermal/hydropower energy. The new changes are related to allowing joint ventures (JVs) to set up renewable energy plants for the purpose and about the location of such plants. The ministry said that the new changes […]

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Govt Reduces Subsidy For Electric Two-Wheelers Under FAME-II

In its latest notification, the Ministry of Heavy Industries has ordered reduction in subsidies for electric two-wheeler vehicles under the Faster Adoption of Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME)-II scheme. The new provisions will be rolled out in India from June 1, 2023. With the reduced hand-holding support from the government, the electric two-wheeler prices are […]

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