"Out of more than 2000 MW which went off, about 1900 MW has been restored, the remaining will be restored soon. The national grid is fine, the problem happened in some parts of the state grid,” R K Singh added. The minister also said central power sector officers have been rendering assistance for restoring full electricity supply in Mumbai.
An international journal on solar technology will also be launched on the occasion. The first World Solar Technology Summit (WSTS) is being organised by the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
Singh said that the states have requested for a hike in the liquidity package and extension of period outstanding dues by few more months due to the impact of COVID-19 induced lockdown.
He said three canards are being spread against various reforms in the power sector which includes a claim that there would be infringement of states' rights to appoint members of state power regulators and this power is being transferred to the central government under the proposed Electricity Act.
Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh on Thursday said his ministry has proposed to impose basic custom duty (BCD) from August 1, this year on solar equipment, including cells, modules and inverters, in the range of 15-20 percent in the first year, which would eventually increase up to 40 percent.
India does not currently levy a customs duty on imports of solar cells and modules, but has a safeguard duty to protect its local industry which expires in July.
According to the letter, several IPPs which supply power to the state through Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Ltd (MPPMCL) have been facing "arbitrary and discrimination action with regard to payment of capacity charges by MPPMCL".
“The package for power sector will significantly reduce the burden of discoms for maintaining distribution of electricity as supplied by gencos/transcos during these difficult times,” Power Minister R K Singh said in the statement.
"The energy efficiency initiatives by BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency) led to savings worth Rs 89,122 crore in 2018-19," a report released by Power Minister R K Singh on Wednesday.
APP has also written a similar letter to Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi explaining the requirement for this supplier's credit.
Till March 13, 2020, rooftop solar power plants of an aggregate capacity of 1,922MW have been installed in the country, of which 346MW have been installed in the residential sector, Minister of New and Renewable Energy R K Singh said in the Rajya Sabha, citing ministry data.
EESL, a joint venture of public sector undertakings under the power ministry, has completed 10 years of scaling up energy efficiency programmes in India and globally.
The major steps being taken by the government to meet the targets of renewable energy in the country include permitting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) up to 100 per cent under the automatic route.
It is expected that RE capacity addition in 2019-20 will exceed the capacity addition achieved in the previous financial year which stood at 8,532.22 MW, he said.
The agenda for the year 2020 is well laid out -- launch of UDAY 2.0, installation of smart pre-paid metres, prompt payment by discoms, making coal available for short term and reviving gas based plants.
The minister said in the Lok Sabha that states meet their demand from their own generating sources and share from central generating stations.
Singh was replying to a question on whether a large number of assets of national power grid could be vulnerable to cyber attacks and what steps the government has taken to increase security across power grid in the country.
As per the figures provided by the minister, 1,06,200 MU electricity was generated in August 2019, which was 0.39 per cent higher than 1,05,793 MU generated in August 2018.
"As a result of UDAY, some improvement has happened. The losses in AT&C have come down from 22 per cent to about 18 per cent. So there has been some progress, though the progress could have been better," Singh said.
Making coal available for short-term to stressed power plants was one of the recommendations of the high-level committee headed by then Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha. The panel had submitted its report in November last year.
The government's target is to installing 1,00,000 MW grid-connected solar power capacity by December 2022, Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy R K Singh said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
'A total capacity of 56.34 MW has been set up for power generation from waste garbage/material during last three years and current year in the country,' Singh said.
"We have decided that by 2022 we will establish 175 GW of renewable energy capacity. We are close to achieving the target," Singh said at BRICS Energy Ministers meet in Brasilia, Brazil on Monday.
The Centre in November 2015 had launched the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) to bring about operational and financial turnaround of debt-laden power distribution companies.
The suggestions were put forward by representatives of power industry in a day-long brainstorming session chaired by Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh to seek stakeholders' views for preparation of five-year vision document for energy sector in the national capital.