Reference is invited to Ministry of Home Affairs Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 15.04.2020 (copy enclosed) enclosing Consolidated Revised Guidelines regarding select permitted activities allowed with effect from 20th April, 2020 during the nation-wide lockdown for COVID-19 outbreak.

Reference is invited to Ministry of Home Affairs Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-I(A) dated 15.04.2020 (copy enclosed) enclosing Consolidated Revised Guidelines regarding select permitted activities allowed with effect from 20th April, 2020 during the nation-wide lockdown for COVID-19 outbreak.

Supply of quality power at affordable prices is essential for sustained growth of the economy of the country.

Renewable energy is a major contributor in overall Power generation with about 86 GW of Renewable energy installed Capacity by January 2020 and there is growing need of monitoring the project level performance of Renewable Energy Projects.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued show cause directions to 31 units of 14 thermal power plants on 31.01.2020 for non-compliance of CPCB’s directions dated 11.12.2017 issued for ensuring compliance of emission standards prescribed by Government of India. According to Ministry of Power, there are 650 units (196667 MW) installed in the country, out of 650 units, 75 units (8304 MW) have been retired so far due to various reasons including environmental issues such as Badarpur TPS (Units – 1 to 5) of NTPC Ltd. and Rajghat TPS (Unit – 1 & 2) of IPGCL.

The Tariff policy 2016 issued by Ministry of Power (copy enclosed) under the clause 6.2 (5) has mandated that the thermal power plant(s) including the existing plants located within 50 km radius of sewage treatment plant of a Municipality/local bodies/similar organization, shall in the order of their closeness to the sewage treatment plant, mand

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on external debts of state owned discoms, 03/03/2020. The pre-UDAY debt levels of 16 Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) States which signed the comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with Govt. of India as on 30-09-2015 was Rs.3.24 Lakh crores. As per information made available by the States/DISCOMs, the outstanding loans at end of FY 2018-19 stand at Rs.351,291 Crore, out of which Rs.63,355 crore is the amount of loan balance to be converted into grants by the states.

The UMPP policy was launched in 2005-06 by the government to provide power at a competitive cost to consumers by achieving economies of scale.

States have been providing misleading data to save on transmission charges of electricity, a report published by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) pointed out.

The Ministry of Power published the draft guidelines for short-term sale of power through tariff-based bidding process on the 6th of March 2019 for public consultation. Promotion of competition in the electricity industry in India is one of the key objectives of the Electricity Act, 2003 as amended from time to time (the Act).

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