Here is a renewable energy policy roundup from central,
state and government agencies in India for the month of January 2017.
The Indian states of Telangana and Assam
became the 19th and 20th signatory states of the Ujwal DISCOM (distribution
company) Assurance Yojana (UDAY) program. These states are expected to gain a
net benefit of ~Rs.61.16 billion (~$895.8 million) and ~Rs.16.63 billion
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
(MNRE) has issued wind data sharing policy to facilitate sharing of wind power
Tamil Nadu joined the UDAY program on
January 9, 2017, becoming the 21st state to join the program.
Distribution company debt of Rs.304.2 billion (~$4.48 billion) will be taken
over by the state government.
For expansion of rooftop solar, the MNRE announced financial assistance in
the form of grants to distribution companies (DISCOMs) of up to Rs.3.75 million
(~$55,000)/MW for rooftop solar installations.
The Central Electricity Regulatory
Commission (CERC) released a white paper on energy storage. The white paper
discusses the need and scope of energy storage systems and targets generating discussion
among the stakeholders for the same.
The Gujarat Electricity Regulatory
Commission (GERC) has issued draft regulations for solar and wind power for
2017, with the objective of facilitating large-scale grid integration of solar
and wind generating stations.
Amendments to Karnataka Solar Policy
2014-2021 were announced. The solar installation target has been changed from
2,000 MW to 6,000 MW in March 2021. The changes were made to reflect the new
tariff policy and targets fixed for the state by the MNRE.