In an article in  Financial Express, the power minister, Mr RK Singh, declared that huge reforms are to be expected in the power sector in the near future. Few of such reforms mentioned were PPAs for all the electricity requirement being made mandatory in all Indian states, cross subsidy in tariff being limited, compensation of low agriculture tariff  by increasing the industrial and commercial tariff and introduction of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Also, introduction of a penalty provision  to those not meeting their RPO targets. This is in line with the Draft National Electricity Policy released by Niti Ayog in June 2017. The Union Minister also added that carriage and content shall be separated by his ministry which shall give the end user the flexibility to where they want to procure electricity from.


In the Day Ahead Market trading held by IEX (Indian Energy Exchange), the average tariff of electricity has been between Rs 3 to Rs 4 per unit. But within 12 days of September, the average tariff has gone up to Rs 8.7 per unit.

This increase in prices is majorly attributed to the reduction in generation from wind and hydro power plants, though the demand has remained stable as compared to last year.

As per the graph, it is clear that the prices for this month have been much higher as compared to the price in the previous months for the reasons mentioned above.
The article can be accessed here.


The government of India assigns dedicated funds which is linked to specific cess. This kind of cess One such fund is the National Clean Energy and Environment Fund. In a recent move, there was a diversion of the funds collected as tax for the National Clean Energy and Environment Fund to the states that lost revenue because of GST. Through this move, the unspent funds which were to be used by MNRE have been diverted. This means that from next year, India will not have a National Clean Energy and Environment Fund. Some individuals working in the sustainability sector argued that this amount could have been used in the development of clean coal technologies.

This action is also going to pose a risk to the MNRE as 98% of its budget of which comes from this fund. Not only that, this fund has also aided India in meeting its commitment towards the Paris Agreement. Now that the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, the Clean Energy fund was the only aid which India had to meet its obligations by 2020. Since it does not exist anymore, out fight to protect the environment has become an even bigger challenge.


The article covering the same can be accessed here


The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in collaboration with IMD and POSOCO has launched a weather portal for the power sector. This portal will help in predicting extreme weather events such as heat waves and floods which will effect on the load demand and energy production, transport and distribution management. It will be of aid to the DISCOMs to ensure a reliable supply and infrastructure planning. It will provide information regarding regional weather summary, radar, satellite image, meteogram and region specific forecast.


The portal “MERIT” (Merit Order Dispatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency) was also developed by MoP in association with POSOCO and CEA. It gives an array of information regarding merit order of electricity procured by the state. It will help the DISCOMs to provide power at a lower cost to consumers. It will also promote the use of clean and green power.


The article regarding the same can be accessed here.


Shri Piyush Goyal launched the Energy Conservation Building Code, 2017 which was developed by MoP and BEE. The code aims to optimize energy savings while keeping in mind the comfort levels of the occupants. It also aims to reduce building’s energy consumption and promote low carbon growth.


It has been estimated that by integrating the energy code, there will be a reduction in energy of 50%  and 30 BUs by 2030. Following are the salient features of the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017:

- Developed by BEE with technical support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the U.S.-India bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy – Deployment Technical Assistance (PACE-D TA) Program.


- Anticipated reduction in energy consumption of 50% by 2030.


- Equivalent to 300 Billion Units by 2030, peak demand reduction of over 15 GW in a year, savings of Rs 35,000 crore and 250 million tonnes of CO2 reduction


- Minimum 25% energy savings to be demonstrated by new buildings to become energy compliant. Additional improvements of 35% and 50% would lead to higher grades like ECBC Plus or Super ECBC.


The article can be accessed here.


As per the 19th electric power supply report by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the country will need 1,566 BUs of energy by 2022 which means that there will be an increase of 37%. An annual growth of 2.6% was recorded in the FY 2017. As per the 18th EPS report, the electricity generation for FY 2017 was supposed to be 1,355 BUs whereas it was close to 1143 BUs. The expected peak demand in the FY 2022 is supposed to be 226 GW.


The article reporting the same can be accessed here.


As per Mr Piyush Goyal, India’s installed solar capacity is going to cross the 20 GW mark from the current 19 GW capacity by 2020. The reason for this estimated increase has been attributed to the fact that Make in India is no more in its nascent stage. Now, India can support majority of its financial and technological needs for increasing its renewable energy capacity. The proof of the same is the drastic reduction in the cost of solar power to an extent that it is comparable to the cost of thermal power. India’s capacity increased four times since the past 3 years when it reached the 10 GW mark in March this year. In May 2014, the capacity was 2,650 MW. The same has been covered in our previous blog.

The Deccan Chronicle article can be accessed here.

REC Trade Results January 2017

This month’s trading saw a remarkable turnaround with respect to the overall Non solar REC clearance. The clearance ration stood at a shooting high of 10.8% for non solar. The demand for solar REC saw marginal improvement in respect to the month of December. The total transaction value stood at 244.7Crores in comparison to 74.4 Crores last month.

Analysis of Trading:

Non Solar – The clearing ratio stood at 13.5% and 5.7% in both IEX and PXIL, with a drastic increase of 260% in the no. of REC’s traded as compared to last month.



Solar – Clearing ratio stood at 1.2% and 0.7% in IEX and PXIL respectively, with a significant increase of 49% in total demand of Solar RECs as compared to December.


Solar Power Tariff hits new low

A recent article in the Business Standard highlighted the solar power tariff which has hit a new low.  In a Solar Energy Corporation of India’s auction of rooftop solar power projects, Gurgaon-based Amplus Energy Solutions quoted a tariff of Rs. 3 /unit defeating the previous low of Rs 4 /unit for a solar park in Rajasthan by a quarter. The rooftop projects will be installed on buildings of NGOs, educational institutes, hospitals, trusts and not for profit companies in these states.

The lowest tariff quote for these projects is same as average tariff offered by state-run generation utility NTPC for power from its coal-fired plants and nearly half of tariffs charged by some private power producers.

Till now, a solar project at Badhla in Rajasthan held the record for the lowest tariff at Rs 4 per unit in the solar park category. The lowest tariff before that was Rs 4.34 per unit, quoted by Fortum India in January.

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission determines CSS for FY 2016-17

Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has calculated the Cross subsidy surcharge to be applicable during FY 16-17. The new CSS will be applicable only for the state of Rajasthan effective till 31st March, 2017.   The new CSS applicable will have significant impact on the open access power market.

The table below depicts the CSS charges defined for year FY 2016-17:


The graph below depicts the % change in the CSS over the last four years:


The regulation can be accessed here.

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