Power Generators To Sell Surplus Electricity in Market

The Ministry has observed that some power generators are not offering surplus power (beyond their contracted commitments) in the market. This leads to unused capacity at the national level, potentially impacting grid efficiency. Hence, the Ministry has clarified that generators, including those with long-term FSAs, can sell surplus power in the market as per the Electricity Act and related regulations.

March 2024 Escalation Rates For Imported Coal

The cost of imported coal has seen a slight decrease of 0.56%. However, the cost of transporting imported coal has increased by 5.19%. The cost of handling imported coal within India has also decreased by 0.61%.

Guidelines For PM-Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana

The PM-Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojana initiative was launched in February 2024. It aims to install rooftop solar panels in one crore Indian homes. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is now seeking public feedback on draft guidelines on the scheme.

India Plans Expansion In Hydro Power Capacity

India’s hydro power sector is gearing up for a major expansion, with plans to more than double capacity by 2031. India aims for 50% of installed power capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2030. Hydro power development is crucial to achieve this target alongside solar and wind.

Power Ministry Aims To Beat the Heatwave Without Blackouts

The Ministry of Power (MOP) and New & Renewable Energy (NRE) is taking proactive measures to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during the upcoming summer season. This is in anticipation of a rise in demand due to higher temperatures.

JSERC (Electricity Supply Code) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2024

The JSERC (Electricity Supply Code) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2024, introduce significant changes to the electricity supply process in Jharkhand. The amendments address connection charges, timeframes for providing new or modified connections, and the accessibility of bills. These changes are in line with the Ministry of Power’s notifications and demonstrate the Commission’s dedication to enhancing the efficiency and consumer experience of electricity supply in the state.

ALMM for Solar Panels to Resume Operations on April 1st

The MNRE has now announced the recommencement of the ALMM for solar photovoltaic modules. However, the memo clarifies that solar power developers who received solar PV modules at their project sites by March 31, 2024 and were unable to commission them due to reasons beyond their control will be examined on a case-by-case basis.

Government Tightens Regulations on Ash Utilization in Thermal Power Plants

Thermal Power Plants shall reserve a certain percentage of ash for supply to micro and small enterprises engaged in ash-based product manufacturing. These products include bricks, blocks, tiles, aggregates, cement sheets, pipes, and panels. They must be sold at concessional prices or through limited auctions as per guidelines issued by MoP.