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Customs duty finally on the anvil   
26 June 2020 |

After a year of deliberation, MNRE has announced that basic customs duty (BCD) shall be levied on all cell and module imports from 1 August 2020 onwards. The proposal, pending approval from The Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance, mentions 15% and 20% duty rates on cell and modules in the first year, going up to 30% and 40%…

Customs duty finally on the anvil   
26 June 2020 |

After a year of deliberation, MNRE has announced that basic customs duty (BCD) shall be levied on all cell and module imports from 1 August 2020 onwards. The proposal, pending approval from The Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance, mentions 15% and 20% duty rates on cell and modules in the first year, going up to 30% and 40%…


Border tension with China does not augur well   
22 June 2020 |

This week saw violent clashes between Indian and Chinese armed forces. 20 Indian soldiers have died in reportedly the worst clashes in the last 58 years. These events have revived longstanding distrust of China and lent an edge to the precarious relationship between the two countries. There is...

Border tension with China does not augur well   
22 June 2020 |

This week saw violent clashes between Indian and Chinese armed forces. 20 Indian soldiers have died in reportedly the worst clashes in the last 58 years. These events have revived longstanding distrust of China and lent an edge to the precarious relationship between the two countries. There is...


Financial bonanza for Adani and Azure?   
12 June 2020 |

SECI has approved award of an astounding 12,000 MW project capacity in its 7,000 MW manufacturing-linked project tender. The auction was held back in January 2020 with Adani Green and Azure announced as winners with tariff bids of INR 2.92/ kWh...

Financial bonanza for Adani and Azure?   
12 June 2020 |

SECI has approved award of an astounding 12,000 MW project capacity in its 7,000 MW manufacturing-linked project tender. The auction was held back in January 2020 with Adani Green and Azure announced as winners with tariff bids of INR 2.92/ kWh...


Real-time power trading a win-win for power producers and consumers   
06 June 2020 |

Power exchanges in India started offering a new ‘Real Time Market’ (RTM) trading window at the beginning of this week. The market features 48 trading slots, half an hour each, during the day for delivery of power within one hour of trading...

Real-time power trading a win-win for power producers and consumers   
06 June 2020 |

Power exchanges in India started offering a new ‘Real Time Market’ (RTM) trading window at the beginning of this week. The market features 48 trading slots, half an hour each, during the day for delivery of power within one hour of trading...


COVID-19 to cause serious damage to renewables   
31 May 2020 |

COVID-19 infections in India, relatively low so far, have started rising rapidly. New cases were reported at 8,380 on 30 May 2020, up 4.6x in the last month. Ironically, the lockdown is still being relaxed to avoid economic hardship and under pressure from the business community...

COVID-19 to cause serious damage to renewables   
31 May 2020 |

COVID-19 infections in India, relatively low so far, have started rising rapidly. New cases were reported at 8,380 on 30 May 2020, up 4.6x in the last month. Ironically, the lockdown is still being relaxed to avoid economic hardship and under pressure from the business community...

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Oil & gas players set to carve a bigger role   
24 May 2020 |

Shell, a global oil & gas major, recently announced accelerated goals in a mission to become zero energy business. The company is seeking to completely eliminate all emissions from its manufacturing business by 2050 and also wants to reduce emissions for all energy products sold by...

Oil & gas players set to carve a bigger role   
24 May 2020 |

Shell, a global oil & gas major, recently announced accelerated goals in a mission to become zero energy business. The company is seeking to completely eliminate all emissions from its manufacturing business by 2050 and also wants to reduce emissions for all energy products sold by...


RTC auction a small step towards firm renewable power   
15 May 2020 |

SECI completed auction for its 400 MW round-the-clock (RTC) tender last week. Entire capacity has been awarded to ReNew Power at a tariff of INR 2.90/ kWh. Other bidders included Greenko (400 MW, INR 2.91/ kWh) and HES Infra (100, 3.91). Ayana had also submitted...

RTC auction a small step towards firm renewable power   
15 May 2020 |

SECI completed auction for its 400 MW round-the-clock (RTC) tender last week. Entire capacity has been awarded to ReNew Power at a tariff of INR 2.90/ kWh. Other bidders included Greenko (400 MW, INR 2.91/ kWh) and HES Infra (100, 3.91). Ayana had also submitted...


Project progress grinding down   
08 May 2020 |

India added total utility scale solar and wind capacity of 715 and 328 MW respectively in the quarter ending March. These are meagre returns; the combined total represents the weakest quarterly progress on capacity addition in the last two years. For the financial year 2019-20, total utility scale capacity addition was 7,408 MW, 34% below the high of two years…

Project progress grinding down   
08 May 2020 |

India added total utility scale solar and wind capacity of 715 and 328 MW respectively in the quarter ending March. These are meagre returns; the combined total represents the weakest quarterly progress on capacity addition in the last two years. For the financial year 2019-20, total utility scale capacity addition was 7,408 MW, 34% below the high of two years…


Draft Electricity Act amendments a lame affair   
30 April 2020 |

The Ministry of Power has issued another set of draft amendments to The Electricity Act, 2003. It is the third attempt to amend the Act in as many years. The latest set of amendments focuses mainly on improving DISCOM financial position and reducing offtake risk for power generators. However, it is more limited in scope in comparison to previous drafts...

Draft Electricity Act amendments a lame affair   
30 April 2020 |

The Ministry of Power has issued another set of draft amendments to The Electricity Act, 2003. It is the third attempt to amend the Act in as many years. The latest set of amendments focuses mainly on improving DISCOM financial position and reducing offtake risk for power generators. However, it is more limited in scope in comparison to previous drafts...


Government financial institutions becoming lenders of last resort   
22 April 2020 |

The Ministry of Power is supposedly working on a plan to use central government-owned financial institutions (FIs) including Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to fund DISCOMs in wake of the Coronavirus disruption. As per news reports, funds would be provided to DISCOMs at concessional cost specifically for clearing dues to…

Government financial institutions becoming lenders of last resort   
22 April 2020 |

The Ministry of Power is supposedly working on a plan to use central government-owned financial institutions (FIs) including Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to fund DISCOMs in wake of the Coronavirus disruption. As per news reports, funds would be provided to DISCOMs at concessional cost specifically for clearing dues to…

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Webinar: impact of COVID-19 on the Indian renewable sector
20 April 2020 |

BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on 30 March 2020 to discuss impact of COVID-19 on the renewable sector in India. Speakers from a cross-section of players from the industry discussed impact on equipment supply chain and projects under construction (an estimated 10 GW where on-site activity is currently under progress) as well as operations (about 75 GW of wind…

Webinar: impact of COVID-19 on the Indian renewable sector
20 April 2020 |

BRIDGE TO INDIA hosted a webinar on 30 March 2020 to discuss impact of COVID-19 on the renewable sector in India. Speakers from a cross-section of players from the industry discussed impact on equipment supply chain and projects under construction (an estimated 10 GW where on-site activity is currently under progress) as well as operations (about 75 GW of wind…


Maharashtra offers relief to rooftop solar   
15 April 2020 |

The Maharashtra regulator, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), has made a series of positive announcements for rooftop solar market in the state. It has accepted demand from MSEDCL, a state government owned company and the largest DISCOM in the state, to levy grid usage charges on all new installations over 10 kW capacity but only once total installed capacity in…

Maharashtra offers relief to rooftop solar   
15 April 2020 |

The Maharashtra regulator, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), has made a series of positive announcements for rooftop solar market in the state. It has accepted demand from MSEDCL, a state government owned company and the largest DISCOM in the state, to levy grid usage charges on all new installations over 10 kW capacity but only once total installed capacity in…


Bankrupt DISCOMs plus Covid-19 a disastrous mix   
08 April 2020 |

Coronavirus lockdown and consequent slowdown in power demand are striking at the core of the power sector in India. A cascading series of litigation and payment defaults by end consumers, DISCOMs and power producers seems underway. To make matters worse, there is pressure on the DISCOMs to reduce tariffs and/ or offer payment concessions to consumers. In an unprecedented move,…

Bankrupt DISCOMs plus Covid-19 a disastrous mix   
08 April 2020 |

Coronavirus lockdown and consequent slowdown in power demand are striking at the core of the power sector in India. A cascading series of litigation and payment defaults by end consumers, DISCOMs and power producers seems underway. To make matters worse, there is pressure on the DISCOMs to reduce tariffs and/ or offer payment concessions to consumers. In an unprecedented move,…


Coronavirus damage impossible to assess   
31 March 2020 |

India has been in a near complete lockdown since 22 March 2020. The current three week lockdown is due to last until 14 April 2020. All commercial and social activity including all international and domestic travel has been completely banned. Only essential services including healthcare, food and critical infrastructure – telecom, power, security and banking – are exempted...

Coronavirus damage impossible to assess   
31 March 2020 |

India has been in a near complete lockdown since 22 March 2020. The current three week lockdown is due to last until 14 April 2020. All commercial and social activity including all international and domestic travel has been completely banned. Only essential services including healthcare, food and critical infrastructure – telecom, power, security and banking – are exempted...


Management of cooling load favourable to renewables
20 March 2020 |

Indian government’s nodal agency for energy demand management programmes, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), recently named cooling as a focus area for reducing power demand over the next 20 years.

Management of cooling load favourable to renewables
20 March 2020 |

Indian government’s nodal agency for energy demand management programmes, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), recently named cooling as a focus area for reducing power demand over the next 20 years.