Solar: Policy consistency is imperative
The solar capacity in the country has crossed barely 16 GW in November 2017. That leaves a lot of road to be covered before achieving the envisaged target of 100 GW by 2022.
Awards - 2016-2017
The cover story titled 'StUMPPed!!!' highlights the plight of UMPPs of Tata Power and Adani Power in the light of rise in coal prices due to change in regulations by Indonesia and Australia. But can India afford to forsake such huge assets built assiduously, is the question it raises.
The Union Budget is full of sops for solar - in terms of investment, village electrification and taxes. But, it calls for building renewable power compatible T&D infrastructure on a war footing.
Keep off vote bank interests from discoms | IPPAI
Improving the financial state and efficiency of distribution companies´ (Discoms) operations, allowing for renegotiation of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), delinking of coal from PPAs, and reducing risk for banks and ensuring implementation of open access, formed part of the top five broad suggestions made by Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) in its pre-Union Budget 20017-18 memorandum submitted to the Finance Ministry.
Govt to ensure coal supply for every plant
The government is considering a proposal to ensure the supply of fuel to every coal-fired power plant, as it aims to revitalise an industry that is key to the economy but is now grappling with fuel shortages.
Status quo maintained over Solar industry
Solar industry in the country is not complaining against the the Union Budget as there is nothing specific to the industry, but it is happy that the status quo is being maintained. The is no customs duty on solar cells and modules as domestic manufacturers have been demanding.
Budget 2013 described as being a mixed bag
The Union Budget presented on February 28 evoked mixed reactions in the power sector with large players slamming the import duty hikes, but those in the renewable energy space welcomed the proposal to incentivise wind energy projects.
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