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Mr. Sarvesh Kumar is the Deputy Managing Director of RRB Energy Limited. Besides being post graduate in Commerce, he holds a Masters degree in Business Management. He is also a Life Fellow of All India Management Association. He is acknowledged as one of the experts in the field of Wind Energy and has been part of various Committees of FICCI, ASSOCHAM etc. He was the Chairman of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association (IWTMA) from the year 2000 to 2005...

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  • Inox Wind Limited has bagged an order for a 20 MW wind power project (10 units of 2MW DFIG 93.3 rotor diameter WTGs) to be set up at Nipaniya, Mandsaur in the state of Madhya Pradesh from PTC Energy Limited (PEL).
  • According to IT, Urban Development and Municipal Administration Minister of Telangana Mr. K T Rama Rao, the Suzlon Group is charting out a Rs 1,200-crore investment plan to take up 3000 MW solar, wind and hybrid power project in the state of Telangana,.
  • Suzlon has secured work on several wind projects with a combined capacity of 81.9 MW, 90% from the old customers from Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Over 75% of the order are for its newly launched S97 120m hybrid tower and S111 90m machines.
  • Suzlon has won a 105-MW turbine order from Greenko Group for 50 S97 2.1-MW wind turbine generator with hybrid tower to be installed at a wind park in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Inox Wind has won two contracts for turbines totalling 70MW from Adani Green Energy for 50MW wind farm in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh and a 20MW plant at Inox Wind’s Lahori site in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Denmark-based LM Wind Power has inaugurated its second manufacturing wind turbine blade facility at Halol near Vadodara in Gujarat with an investment of 25 million euros or Rs 200 crore.
  • Inox Wind has bagged two orders for a cumulative capacity of 100 MW from one of India's leading renewable energy independent power producers. The turnkey orders comprise of a 50 MW project to be set up in Gujarat and a 50 MW project to be set up in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Gamesa has bagged a 40MW order from developer ReNew Power for a wind farm in the Karnataka to install 20 G97-2.0MW class S machines with tower heights of 104 metres.
  • Suzlon Energy Ltd has aquired Gale Solarfarms Private Limited, Tornado Solarfarms Private Limited, Abha Solarfarms Private Limited, Aalok Solarfarms Private Limited and Shreyas Solarfarms Private Limited increase its presence in India's renewable energy sector.
  • Gamesa will deliver 50 G114-2.0MW and 12 G114s turbines in Karnataka and 25 G97-2.0MW turbines in Rajasthan making a total order of 198MW.

Wind Energy Capacity Addition Target 4.1 GW in 2016–2017

Wind energy capacity addition target for FY2016–2017 has been set at 4.1 GW, compared to 2.4 GW in FY2015–2016. 2015-16 saw 3400 MW of wind power addition. MNRE also plans to add 12 GW of solar power capacity this year.

Govt mulls Policy to Promote Repowering Wind Energy Projects

Most of the wind-turbines installed up to the year 2000 are of capacity below 500 kW and are

MERC issues final RE tariff order

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued RE Tariff order for the FY 2016-17, applicable from 1 April, 2016 to 31 March, 2017. The tariff for New Wind Energy Projects for FY 2016-17 are;

MERC issues Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation:

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has issued the “Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation, its Compliance and Implementation of Renewable Energy Certificate Framework, Regulation, 2016” for the operating period from 1st April 2016 to 31st March 2020. The regulation will be applicable on Distribution Licensees, Captive Users and Open Access consumers as per their respective regulations (with various conditions) and RPO targets are:

  • Provided that each Distribution Licensee shall meet 0.2% per year of its Non-solar (other RE) RPO target percentage for the period from FY 2016-17 to FY 2019-2020 by the way of purchase from Mini-Hydro or Micro-Hydro Power Projects.

CERC has declared generic tariff for RE Technologies for FY 2016-17 vide its order Date of Order: 29th April 2016. Generic Tariff for Wind Energy for FY 2016-2017 is tabulated below.

ICRA says-MP and Maharashtra may Trip Wind Energy Capacity Additions

In Madhya Pradesh, wind energy tariff has been revised downwards from Rs 5.96 per unit to Rs 4.78 per unit, while the same in Tamil Nadu (TN) has been revised upwards from Rs 3.51 per unit to Rs 4.16 per unit. Madhya Pradesh has topped the wind energy addition in FY 2015-16 in one year by any state so far. ICRA in its latest research on wind energy sector has expressed that reduction in preferential tariff by State Electricity

Regulatory Commission (SERC) is a negative development for new wind energy projects to be commissioned in Madhya Pradesh. This reduction in tariff in MP, coupled with slowdown in signing of fresh power purchase agreements (PPAs) over last 6-8 month period & reported delays in payments by state owned utility in the state of Maharashtra as per Industry sources is further likely to impact fresh wind energy capacity addition expected in the country in near to medium term to some extent".

ReNew Power Becomes First IPP to Cross 1GW of Renewable Capacity

The five-year-old start-up ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd, an independent power producer (IPP) and developer of wind and solar energy, has become the first IPP in India to cross an installed capacity of 1 GW (1,000 MW) from clean energy projects in the country. This also makes ReNew Power the largest IPP in the country by way of cumulative installed capacity. The company is slated to bring another 1,400 MW of Renewable power capacity on stream over the next 12 to 18 months.

$1 Trillion in Energy Investments by 2030

To fuel its race to provide energy for its people and help lift masses out of poverty, India will need $250 billion in the next five to six years and $1 trillion by 2030 according to Piyush Goyal, the Minister for Coal, Power and New and Renewable Energy.

Tata Power Eyes 40% Renewable Energy Share

Tata Power has announced plans to increase its share of renewable energy output from 20% to 35-40% by 2025. The company currently has an installed capacity of 9,156 MW, including 593 MW from wind energy and 60 MW from solar power projects. Tata Power hopes to increase its installed capacity to 20 GW by 2025.

India Surpasses RE Targets, Adds 7.1 GW RE Capacity In FY 2015–16

The renewable energy sector in India registered impressive growth in the financial year 2015–16, which ended March 31st, 2016. The total RE capacity in the country is 14.5% of the total 202 GW energy installed capacity with wind at 8.86%. In the total RE installed capacity wind forms 62.61 %. at sites having high wind energy potential. It is estimated that over 3000 MW capacity installation is from wind turbines of 500 kW or below.

To encourage optimum use of wind energy potential in India, the Centre will soon unveil a policy to give incentives including an interest rebate of 0.25 for increasing capacity of wind mills of up to 1 MW. MNRE has floated a draft for Repowering of Wind Power Projects in the country for comments. It said that for repowering projects IREDA will provide an additional interest rate rebate of 0.25 percent over and above the interest rate rebates available to the new wind projects being financed by it. Secondly the benefits available to the new wind projects i.e. AD or GBI as per applicable conditions would also be available to the repowering project. The repowering projects would be implemented through the respective State Nodal Agency/Organisation involved in promotion of wind energy in the state.

Reduction in AD to hit Renewable Energy Sector

Mr. Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, MNRE has said that the renewable energy sector, especially wind energy, is suffering because of the reduction in accelerated depreciation tax benefit as announced in the Budget.

Rs 4,000-crore Investments in Wind Energy on Brink of Becoming NPAs

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) has refused to sign power purchase agreements (PPA) or issue commissioning certificates to 364.15 MW of wind projects that were ready in 2014-15 and another 192.05 MW were completed in 2015-16. Hence the investment of Rs 4,000 crore in wind energy projects is on the verge of becoming non-performing assets.

Indian Renewable Energy Certificate Sales Jump at FY 2015/16 End

Nearly 300,000 solar renewable energy certificates (solar RECs) have been sold in India in January-March 2015, marking an 83% rise in quarter-on-quarter terms, demand remains wide, with 621,200 solar RECs issued for the quarter. For non-solar RECs, on the other hand, this was the first quarter in which buys surpassed certificate issuance in each month. Non-solar REC demand jumped to 2.045 million sold units, which compares to 1.34 million sold in October-December 2015 and to 1.78 million issued for the reporting quarter.

MPERC issues Tariff Order

Madhya Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued final wind tariff order and determined tariff of Rs. 4.78/Kwh for the control period of 3 years from 01.4.2016 to 31.3.2019.

TNERC issues Tariff Order

Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has issued a comprehensive tariff order No 3 of 2016 dated 31.03.2016 on wind energy and determined tariff of Rs. 4.16/Kwh effective from 1st April 2016 for the control period of 2 year.

APERC issues Tariff Order

Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission has issued generic preferential tariff of Rs. 4.84/Kwh for without AD Benefit & Rs.4.25/Kwh with AD Benefit for Wind Power Project applicable from 01-04-2016 to 31-03-2017

TNERC fixes RPO Obligations:

TNERC has issued the amendment to the Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation Regulation, 2010 on 31.03.2016 and fixed the Minimum RPO target of Solar & Non-Solar as follows:

  • Captive users and open access consumers shall submit details of their consumption of electricity and power purchase from RE sources towards fulfillment of their respective RPO on a monthly basis to the State Agency.
  • If an Obligated Entity fails to comply with the RPO target specified in these Regulations in any year and fails to purchase the required quantum of RECs, the state commission may direct it to deposit into a separate fund, to be created and maintained by such Obligated Entity, such amount as the State Commission may determine on the basis of the shortfall in units of RPO, RPO Regulatory Charges separately in respect of Solar and Non-Solar RPO.

Renewable Projects: India may seek Funds for Hedging Currency Risks

Mr. Ajay Mathur, a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change, and former Director-General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency has told that the foreign funding for the projects could be had at 2-3 per cent. However, financing cost for currency hedge for three-five years for a project developer is at around 7 per cent. This makes renewable energy project costly and unviable for supplying power at a competitive rate.

To reduce the finance cost and mitigation of currency fluctuation risk hedge for solar and wind energy projects, the Centre is considering a channel of funds from Global Climate Fund (GCF). The special funding could be as low-cost grants from GCF, hence the Centre is considering seeking special long-term fund (10 years and above), which costs around 2-3 per cent, The Union Government is also considering a hedging instrument that takes care of the needs of the renewable energy sector. Meanwhile, SIDBI and IDFC have applied for accreditation from GCF for project evaluation and due diligence. South Korea-headquartered GCF has already accredited NABARD for such work for Indian renewable projects.

Wind in White Sector by MPPCB

Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) issued an order no. 477 dated 6th April 2016 related to exemption of 36 types of white sector industries from the consent to operate (copy attached) and mentioned Wind Power in the Sr. no. 35.

Achievements of RE-INVEST 2015

MNRE had organized RE-INVEST 2015, First Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo from 15-17 February, 2015 in New Delhi, which saw RE capacity commitments of over 283 GW from stakeholders and a commitment of over 62 GW of manufacturing of RE equipments in India.

The 40 major Banks and Non-Banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) (Public, Private Sector Banks & NBFCs and Foreign Banks operating in India] committed to provide debt funding to RE aggregating to over 78.75 GW during next five years. During the last one year these banks and NBFCs have sanctioned an amount of Rs. 71,201.54 Crore for various RE projects and disbursed Rs. 29,529.57 Crore (as on 21 March, 2016).

IREDA Scheme for discounting of Energy Bills:

IREDA has issued a scheme for discounting of Energy Bills for the purpose of credit under the bill discounting to all IREDA Borrowers who are selling Energy to State Discoms/SECI/NVVN etc. RE generators are exporting energy to State Discoms/SECI/NVVN etc and raise energy bill against the unit exported on monthly basis. Many of them RE generators are not getting payment within stipulated time period and the same is impacting the debt servicing obligation of the borrowers. In view of that IREDA proposed to provide bill discounting facility for the energy bills of IREDA borrowers which are pending for payment with utilities for up to 6 months.

CERC Declares Generic Tariff:

World Wind News:
Uruguay on the Path of Reaching 45% Wind Penetration:

Uruguay is on its way to achieving a staggering 45% wind penetration by the beginning of 2017 Uruguay’s national utility and electricity market regulator. UTE has the monopoly over all distribution and transmission activities across country. It is also the off-taker of all private wind farms with PPAs. With 850MW already operating and more than 650MW set to be installed in the next 12 months, Uruguay is taking a leading position in South America’s energy transition. RNRG and Ventus Ingenieria have announced the acquisition and installation of a Wind Iris nacelle-mounted Lidar at the 20MW (Vestas V80 2MW machines) Caracoles wind farm in Uruguay. The Wind Iris will monitor turbine performance and offer optimization solutions for the project.

Center for Industrialized Rotor Blade Manufacturing Starts

The “BladeMaker Demonstration Center”, Center for industrialized rotor blade manufacturing, set up as an open platform to the industry for the joint development and testing of innovations together with Fraunhofer IWES and 15 partners was inaugurated on April 27th 2016 at Bremerhaven, Germany.

Wind energy evacuation picks up in Tamilnadu, 3,500 MW generated in State on 23rd May

The peak windy season in Tamilnadu has started and evacuation of wind energy has improved so far this year. 3,500 MW of wind energy were generated in the State on Monday, 23rd May 2016. Of the total consumption of 292 million units of power in the Tamilnadu in the 24 hours from Monday 8 a.m., nearly 80 million units came from wind energy, which was 27 per cent of the total energy consumed. As the winds pick up in the State evacuation will improve.

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