Update on India’s States: August 21, 2019

JERC issues draft generic tariff order for solar, wind and small hydro projects in Goa; EESL installs 500,000 smart meters in the country; Delhi-NCR to get additional 300 EV charging stations; Sembcorp commissions 200 MW wind power project in Gujarat; EESL lines up $378.1 million investments for smart meter project in UP; Assam announces tender to install 8 MW of rooftop solar; Kerala invites agencies for setting up EV charging stations; and more.

Center – State relations

The Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has issued draft regulations for determining tariffs from renewable energy sources including solar, wind and small hydro for the state of Goa and union territories. Source: Mercom In detail: Tariff details

The JERC for the state of Goa and union territories has finalized the net metering regulations. Source: Mercom In details: Net Metering Regulations

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), along with the union ministry of power, announced installation of over 500,000 smart meters in the country,  as called for in the pan-India program launched a year ago. Among states in India, Uttar Pradesh took the first place with over 400,000 smart-meter installations established in its 13 cities. Source: Financial Express

Under the ‘Samarth’ program, 16 states have signed pacts with the Ministry of Textiles to increase the skills of 400,000 workers. Source: The Hindu Business Line In detail: Press Release

The Andhra Pradesh state government has issued notifications for tenders valued at $686.1 million for projects linked to the Polavaram irrigation program, going against the central government’s advice. The notifications have been issued for a hydro project valued at $434.1 million and a headworks project valued at $252.07 million. Source: NDTV

Japan has alerted the Andhra Pradesh chief minister that the state’s efforts to cut renewable energy tariffs by reviewing signed-and-sealed contracts has raised concerns with foreign investors and damaged the business environment. Source: Economic Times

The Bihar state government has approved the draft proposal of Bihar Sand Mining Policy 2019 with a view to regulate sand mining, conserve the environment, and ensure the availability of sand. Source: Money Control

The New Delhi government waived the vehicle fitness test fee and reduced various other charges in a bid to offer relief to over 90,000 auto drivers. Source: Financial Express 

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of public sector undertakings (PSUs) under the Ministry of Power, has initiated a project to install 300 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the national capital and surrounding urban centres. Source: News18

The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) has passed an order allowing Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) and the other distribution companies (DISCOMs) in the state to procure power from small solar projects with a capacity of up to 4 megawatts (MW) to meet their renewable purchase obligations. Source: Mercom

The Indian arm of Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries said that it has commissioned 200 MW of wind power for a project at Bhuj in Gujarat. The effort is designed to increase the project’s total generating capacity to 450 MW and to become the largest producer of electricity from wind energy in the country. Source: Times of India

The Haryana government has designed a new policy governing the establishment of underground and overhead connectivity and communication infrastructure. Source: The Tribune

The state government approved the establishment of a waste-to-energy plant in Kannahalli for the next 30 years, where the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is expected to treat 500 tons of municipal solid waste which will be used to generate 40 MW energy daily. Source: Deccan Herald

Nothing critical to report this week.

The Maharashtra state government has identified the Information Technology Directorate to be the nodal agency for the implementation of blockchain technology to be used in agricultural marketing, supply chain management, vehicle registration and document management systems. Source: DNA

Nothing critical to report this week.

The state announced the creation of two new districts. Source: The News Minute

Nothing critical to report this week.

EESL has attracted investments worth $378.1 million for the smart meter project in Uttar Pradesh. Under the ambitious project, EESL will install four million electricity meters on the premises of state power consumers within the next three years. Source: Business Standard

Nothing critical to report this week.

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Assam

The Assam Energy Development Agency has issued a tender to set up 8 MW of rooftop photovoltaic solar projects with a net metering facility. The deadline for submitting bids is August 29, 2019. Source: Mercom

Chhattisgarh

The Chhattisgarh government introduced a rebate on power tariffs to specific units. As per the decision of the state government, mini steel plants operating captive power plants of up to 1 MW will be eligible for a discount of $0.011 per unit of power consumed. Source: Business Standard

Goa

The Goa state government has revised and reduced the fuel and power purchase cost adjustments for July, August, and September.  Source: Times of India

Himachal Pradesh

State-owned SJVNL won contracts from the Himachal Pradesh government for two hydro power units, the 138 MW Bardang and 210 MW Purthi projects. Source: Economic Times

The Himachal Pradesh government signed 25 memorandums of understanding valued at $700.19 million with various industrial firms during the “Domestic Road” show under the “Rising Himachal Global Investors” meeting in Chandigarh. Source: Times of India

Jammu and Kashmir

Seeking to attract businesses to Jammu and Kashmir, the state administration announced a three-day global investors summit to be held in Srinagar from October 12. Source: Hindustan Times

Kerala

The Kerala state government’s nodal agency, Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEB), is inviting bids from agencies interested in setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the southern state. KSEB has invited an expression of interest for setting up 64 public charging stations across the state. Source: Sau Energy

Nagaland

The state launched the “Startup India” initiative in the state’s portal (www.startup.nagaland.gov.in). The portal has been started to enable startups from the state to register online and apply for recognition under “Startup Nagaland” by logging in to the portal. Source: Indian Wire

Odisha

The Odisha state government approved the establishment of the Odisha Maritime Board for administration, control and management of non-major ports and non-nationalized inland waterways. Source: The Hindu

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the online land revenue payment system from the Loka Seva Bhavan. Source: Odisha TV

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