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Centre asks states not to stop payment of renewable energy generators

In the letter, the ministry said the power ministry has recently issued instructions providing for a moratorium to distribution companies or discoms for making payments to electricity generating companies in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak and the following nationwide lockdown.

MNRE orders discoms to continue payments as per earlier schedule

Some state discoms had invoked the ‘force majeure’ clause in their PPAs in recent days asking generating companies not to supply electricity nor expect any payment till further notice because the nationwide lockdown is preventing them from collecting payments from consumers.

France approves 1.7 GW of wind and solar power projects

Among the 300 projects that were approved, 35 are onshore wind projects with a total capacity of 750 megawatts, while the rest are solar.

Maharashtra: Solar sector welcomes MERC’s new tariff order

While the power regulator has exempted the rooftop units from Grid Support Charges (GSC) till the cumulative installation of 2000 MW, the association has said the decision will give a breather to the rooftop solar industry.

Wind turbine firms close Spanish factories as coronavirus restrictions tighten

Europe's largest wind turbine makers on Wednesday said they had shut down more factories in Spain, a major hub for the continent's renewables sector, in response to an almost total lockdown in the country to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

UP first state to pass on Centre’s payment relief for discoms to consumers

State power minister Srikant Sharma on Wednesday extended the payment period to April 30 for bills generated generated between March 1 and April 14. He also waived surcharge on late payments.

Uttar Pradesh: PCL announces waiver on fixed charge for industries

UP power minister Srikant Sharma said that the decision has been taken to offer the sop to industries which were hit by the lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

CCI approves formation of joint venture between Adani Green Energy, Total S.A

Firstly, a joint venture will be incorporated by Adani Green Energy and, subsequently, the direct and indirect subsidiaries of Adani Green will be transferred to the joint venture. The second step involves direct or indirect acquisition of 50 per cent of the equity share capital of the joint venture by Total S.A

Power companies blow fuse as states want switch-off

Power companies say distribution companies have misinterpreted a statement issued by the Union power ministry last week invoking its special powers to direct the central power regulator to provide three-month moratorium to make payments to generating companies and transmission licensees and not to levy penal rates of late payment surcharge.

Tata Power completes sale of 50% stake in South African JV Cennergi

The Tata group’s power utility has announced in September that it will exit its investment in Cennergi by selling its stake to the joint venture partner.

Wind turbine maker Nordex suspends production in Spain

Wind turbine maker Nordex suspends production in Spain

The move takes the number of idled wind power factories in Europe to 15, as the impact of the pandemic reaches the renewables sector.

South Africa's Eskom could buy less power from wind farms during lockdown

South Africa's Eskom could buy less power from wind farms during lockdown

The utility supplements its generating capacity, which is mainly derived from coal, by buying power from solar and wind farms under contracts signed as part of the government's renewable energy programme.

Coronavirus could stall a third of new US utility solar this year: report

Coronavirus could stall a third of new US utility solar this year: report

Solar and wind companies are pleading with Congress to extend deadlines for projects to qualify for sunsetting federal tax credits.

Siemens Gamesa bags contract for project in Brazil

Siemens Gamesa bags contract for project in Brazil

Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa on Wednesday said it has bagged a contract to supply its next generation turbines for 312 MW project to AES in Brazil.

Tamil Nadu: Tangedco suffers 1,260 crore loss because of lockdown

Tamil Nadu: Tangedco suffers 1,260 crore loss because of lockdown

At present, only one or two thermal units of Tangedco run because power demand has dropped. The peak demand on Monday night was only 11,000MW.

Maharashtra: MERC gives major relief to solar rooftop consumers

Maharashtra: MERC gives major relief to solar rooftop consumers

The commission in its recent order stated that the total capacity of solar rooftop in the MSEDCL area is 460MW. This is way behind the target set by the state government.

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