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A boon to discoms, but privacy concerns remain over smart meters

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 22, 2019

The government’s move to push smart meters could reduce bill shocks for power consumers and potentially rein in the debt woes of distribution companies (discoms) by reducing theft and improving their operational efficiency, but privacy issues continue to linger. This comes in...

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Gujarat: Solar power to breathe life back into defunct Sewage Treatment Plants

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 20, 2019

The defunct sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the 170 municipalities across Gujarat are expected to be made functional again using solar power. The state government’s urban development department has initiated a pilot project to run STPs in eight municipalities and water...

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AP govt makes key changes to its energy policies

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 19, 2019

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday made several key changes to its policies on solar, wind and hybrid power, primarily withdrawing the facility for energy banking and drawal that was purportedly causing a huge financial drain on the power distribution companies (Discoms...

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Tata Power to operate EVs as part of its maintenance fleet in Delhi

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 18, 2019

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. (TPDDL), a power distribution company (DISCOM) in our national capital, has announced its intention to operate battery-electric cars as part of its fleet. The company has rolled out a pilot project with the car-rental service Zoomcar that...

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Bihar: Discoms to be fined for load shedding, says minister

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 18, 2019

Union minister of state for power and renewable energy (independent charge) R K Singh on Saturday said a tariff policy, which envisages imposition of fine on discoms (power distribution companies) for load shedding, has been submitted to the Union cabinet. Singh said the...

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Hero Future files petition against Andhra discoms

By : Sustainability ..., Nov 14, 2019

In the continuing face-off between the Andhra Pradesh government and renewable energy developers, Hero Future Energies has filed a contempt petition with the Andhra Pradesh electricity power regulator for recovery of dues from the state’s discoms, which have not been paid...

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Solar auctions: Govt relaxes norms to attract bidders

By : Sustainability ..., Oct 30, 2019

In the wake of tepid response received from the industry towards recent solar auctions, the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has amended the terms for bidders, allowing developers more time and flexibility to set up projects. This is the fourth set of revisions...

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Busting the myth: Increased penetration of rooftop solar power benefits discoms

By : Sustainability ..., Oct 25, 2019

If power distribution companies think increased penetration of rooftop solar power in their area will hurt them due to loss of revenue and the expenditure involved in creating supporting infrastructure for such plants, they need to think again. A power discom in Delhi rather...

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Gurugram: Genset ban must, find ways to supply power, discom told

By : Sustainability ..., Oct 21, 2019

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has dismissed a plea filed by Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitaran Nigam (DHBVN) seeking more time to implement the ban on diesel gensets in NCR cities of the state. The green tribunal said the discom should find other ways to prevent use of gensets...

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State discoms inefficient need to open up power sectors to others: RK Singh

By : Sustainability ..., Oct 14, 2019

States need to make their power supply systems more efficient in order for India to utilise the infrastructure it has set up, said Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy RK Singh Friday at the bi-annual state power ministers’ conference. This includes improving...

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