Distribution Utilities Forum (DUF) is an independent discussion forum for electricity distribution utilities in India, launched by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), to come together and deliberate on the challenges facing the sector and learn from each other’s experiences.
The Forum brings together CEOs and senior management of Distribution Utilities and provides a platform for them to meet with their peers in an independent and open environment to share views, learnings and challenges and to advocate change. The agenda for discussions at the Forum meetings is led by the felt and expressed needs of the utilities.
Shri Gireesh Pradhan
Hony. Chairperson, Distribution Utilities Forum
Former Chairperson, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission
Power Minister Shri RK Singh launches State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index (SARAL)
Shri RK Singh, Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, launched the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index–SARAL which evaluates Indian states based on their attractiveness for rooftop development. The State of Karnataka has been placed first in the Index followed by Telangana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.
CESU Odisha signs pact with SPI to improve electricity access in Odisha
Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha (CESU) has signed a pact with Smart Power India (SPI), to work on a model to improve electricity access and reliability in Odisha’s rural areas. It aims to develop and implement a model distribution zone in a selected area to demonstrate improvements in electricity service by enhancing reliability and customer services which can be further used to address challenges in enhancing electricity access, providing high-quality electricity service and stimulating demand.
Rs 6,000-crore dues from states to electricity meter makers
52 leading meter manufacturers across the country have around Rs 6,000 crore dues for supplying electricity meters under Saubhagya electrification drive as the states have not cleared their dues. Uttar Pradesh owes the largest sum of around Rs 450 crore to them. Meter industry is also concerned about another government scheme, which entails replacing all existing meters with smart meters.
At International Solar Alliance Summit Delhi, India plans to propose global power grid
At the second general assembly of ISA to be held in New Delhi from 30 October to 2 November, India plans to help set up a global electricity grid that aims to connect countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam with India as part of an evolving energy security architecture.
Hindustan Shipyard planning to Install 1 MW Rooftop Solar Projects in Andhra Pradesh
Hindustan Shipyard Limited is planning to increase its rooftop solar capacity to 3MW by adding 1 MW installation at its premises in Andhra Pradesh. It is the largest rooftop solar power project in Andhra Pradesh and will be installed under the RESCO model and executed by CleanMax Solar. This project will require a total number of 9,260 solar PV modules and will cover a total of eight roofs.
MNRE Issues New Rooftop Solar Guidelines, Incentivizes DISCOMs to Install 18 GW
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued operational guidelines to implement the second phase of its grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) program. Overall, 22 GW of rooftop solar PV projects is to be set up under the second phase of this program.
Domestic solar equipment manufacturers urges centre to use indigenously manufactured components for Kusum scheme
In a letter written to power minister RK Singh, the Indian Solar Manufacturing Association (Isma) have requested the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) to use indigenously manufactured components in the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-Kusum) scheme. Isma has also requested the government to maintain the resolve to develop a solar manufacturing base in India.
Five lakh smart meters installed across India by EESL under SMNP
More than five lakh smart meters have been installed by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) under Smart Meter National Programme (SMNP) in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. This has been done to enhance consumer convenience, rationalise power consumption, overcome billing inefficiencies, unauthorised power consumption, and reduce Discoms’ financial woes.
AP to target green projects where corruption is evident
Andhra Pradesh government has said it will target only those projects where corruption was evident and aims to scrutinize the green projects that were not allotted via bidding. In some cases, there are prima facie evidence that there was mala fide, corruption and kickbacks in some wind projects, state government officials said. The allocation and pricing of land in some cases was also opaque, he said.
Mangalore Discom incurs Rs 9cr loss in a fortnight due to floods
Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (Mescom) suffered losses estimated at about Rs 9 crore, from August 1 to August 15 due to the recent floods. Mescom officials are struggling to restore power supply in several rain-battered areas as water is yet to recede after flooding. Mescom has jurisdiction over flood-hit districts at 18 taluks in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikkamagaluru and Shivamogga.
EESL signs MoU with Apollo Hospitals to install public EV charging stations in its hospitals
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has signed a 10-year MoU with Apollo Hospitals Enterprises to install public electric vehicle charging stations in its hospitals across the country. It is the first such MoU by EESL with a private partner where EESL will make the entire upfront investment on specified services and deploy qualified manpower for the operation and maintenance of the public charging infrastructure.
Large industries unable to tap rooftop solar in Tamil Nadu
Although Tamil Nadu’s has a solar policy in place it has not yet attracted large-scale industries as the policy does not address HT consumers that are mainly industries. The state has just about 500 MW of solar energy installed by HT consumers which comprise mostly of rooftop installations. According to industry sources, Industries that want to install rooftop solar on their premises have found it difficult to get permission from Tangedco, the state generation and distribution company.
80 percent of all energy financing in India captured by renewable energy projects in 2018
While the lending to coal-fired power plants in India slumped 90 per cent to Rs 6,081 crore in 2018, the funding for renewable energy projects grew by Rs 1,529 crore to Rs 24,442 crore in 2018. While most of the coal-fired project loans came from state-owned financial institutions, private banks contributed three-quarters of all finance towards renewable energy projects.
$700 bn renewable energy investment required by India over the next decade
An investment between $500 billion and $700 billion in renewable energy sector and supporting grid network is required over the next decade to meet its energy targets as per the latest report by Australia-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). It also suggested that recent policy changes are favourable for renewable energy investors and the world is looking to invest in India’s renewable energy sector.
JERC asks Chandigarh to Category-wise cost of power supply
The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has directed the UT electricity department to submit details of category-wise cost of power supply. There are eight categories of consumers in Chandigarh, including domestic, commercial, industrial and electric vehicle charging station.
Punjab faces rising power subsidy bill
The ever-increasing power subsidy bill seems to have turn into a quagmire for the state government, which ended up paying an interest of Rs 593 crore only on delayed payment of subsidies to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) during the last fiscal.
Gadkari for wider consultations on EV adoption
Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari has called for wider stakeholder consultation on the adoption of electric vehicles, to give adequate time to domestic manufacturers for making business adjustments.
May spot price for power falls 29%
Average spot power price fell by 29 per cent to Rs 3.34 per unit in May compared to the year-ago month, the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) said. With trading of 3,772 million units (MU) of electricity, the volume in the day-ahead-market (DAM) fell 6 per cent on month-on-month basis, while the fall was 23 per cent on year-on-year basis. On a daily average basis, around 122 MUs were traded in May 2019, the exchange said.
Maha government mulls power sops for farmers
Keeping the assembly elections in mind, the state government has asked energy and finance department to prepare a proposal for providing free electricity to farmers. If implemented, the Maharashtra government may have to foot a bill of Rs 3,000 crore per annum over and above the subsidy it is already paying.
RBI may shun sectoral exceptions for stressed assets
The Reserve Bank of India is unlikely to announce special sectoral exceptions in its new circular on stressed assets, contrary to demands of power, sugar, shipping and textile industries. The banking regulator may also seek resolution plans for stressed assets to be approved by 90% lenders in a consortium, as against 100% in the previous notification that Supreme Court had quashed.
WTE plant to supply power to Delhi Metro
Delhi Metro has become the first metro project in the country to receive power generated from a waste-to-energy plant, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has claimed.
Punjab farmers to get 8-hour power supply
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday assured farmers of eight hours of power supply every day for the ensuing paddy season, beginning on June 13, while promising 24-hour supply of power to all other categories of consumers.
Delhi’s peak demand touches 6,560 MW
Amid soaring temperatures, the peak power demand in Delhi touched 6,560MW on Sunday, the State Load Dispatch Centre (SLDC) reported. This was higher than the annual peak load of 2017 -- 6,526 MW as on June 6, 2017.