Electricity revenue subsidies finance 10% to 30% of the revenue required by electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs) in India. Consequently, they have significant impacts not only on the state exchequer but also on DISCOM finances.

2017-18 witnessed impressive growth of renewable energy (RE) in the electricity sector wherein two major milestones were crossed.

Agriculture occupies a critical position in the country’s economy, ensuring food security, providing livelihoods, and indeed as a way of life for most rural people. Due to many reasons, growth in agriculture has been largely driven by groundwater based irrigation, powered by electricity.

Following the Supreme Court judgement of 2014 cancelling the allocation of more than 200 captive coal blocks, the government quickly brought in legislation and began the process of their reallocation. While the new allocation framework is an improvement over the previous regime, it suffers from many potentially serious shortcomings.

Renewable energy-based mini-grids can be an important alternative to, or enhance the effectiveness of, central grid extension as a way to increase access to reliable electricity services. While there are a number of challenges to implementing RE mini-grids, many of these can be addressed by well-conceived policy measures.

While the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) opened up the solar electricity sector in India, the focus has primarily been on large-scale grid-connected power plants. With the drastic fall in prices of solar photovoltaic (PV)

Large number of thermal power plants are in pipeline in Vidarbha (Maharashtra). They are projected as local development using local resources, but local communities are protesting strongly as the benefits bypass them and they bear the adverse impacts.

Increasing population and resource use in cities is a trend all over the world and India is no exception. It is therefore important to study the cities, especially the megacities from multiple perspectives to improve planning and governance.

Electricity Regulatory Commissions in India determine feed-in-tariffs for different renewable energy technologies. This tool provides a convenient way to perform tariff calculations based on Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for Tariff determination from Renewable Energy Sources) Regulations, 2012.

The thermal power generation capacity in India is set to expand massively. Data from the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) analysed by the Prayas Energy Group shows that the ministry has accorded environmental clearances to a large

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