India set a new record low tariff of Rs2/kWh ($0.027/kWh) in the recent Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) auction on 23 November 2020.

Reforms designed to address core issues and their sequencing and timing would be critical to ensure the eventual success of the latest initiatives in the power sector.

The European power sector is at the forefront of decarbonisation of the EU’s economy. Between 1990 and 2019 greenhouse gas emissions from the sector decreased by 44%, with a significant acceleration even before the COVID-19-induced economic crisis.

This report “China Nationally Determined Contribution and Domestic 14th Power Five-Year-Plan” shows that power industry plans to build new coal-fired power plants after 2020 contradict China’s 2060 carbon neutrality target. The report calls for China to initiate a policy process to phase out coal-fired power plants.

Urban microgrids with rooftop solar (RTS) PV and battery energy storage systems (BESS) can help power distribution companies (discoms) meet the accelerating electricity demand in cities. These may be a more convenient alternative to usual methods of procuring additional generation capacity and building new grid infrastructure.

Coal-based power is one of the most resourceintensive and polluting industries. On 07 December 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change introduced stricter environmental standards for coal-based thermal power plants under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

India's power transmission networks constitute vital arteries of the entire power value chain. Growth of power sector is contingent to development of a robust and a non-collapsible transmission network.

The global power sector will change significantly in the coming years, as variable renewable resources are deployed on a large scale and new flexibility options appear, such as energy storage devices.

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.

South Africa Power Report 2020/21 is the fourth in a series of easy to digest studies on key energy industry segments presented by African Energy’s consultancy group.

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