Weekly Power Sector Round up: 28th December 2019

MSEDCL opposes rooftop solar despite failing to meet targets

Despite being unable to meet the solar power purchase quota set by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) is opposing solar rooftop addition which would help it in reaching the targets.

The solar quota is 2.5% of the entire quantum of power purchased by MSEDCL at present. It will increase to 13.5% in 2024-25 as per MERC norms. MERC has made it clear that heavy penalties will be levied if this target is not met.

Delhi Govt. approves e-vehicle subsidies

As part of measures to improve the capital’s air quality, the Delhi Govt. has approved subsidies on e-vehicles.

A subsidy of Rs 10,000 will be granted for the purchase of electric two wheelers and Rs 30,000 for electric autos and carriers. The first 1000 four wheelers will be eligible for a direct subsidy of up to Rs 1.5 lakh each. “The purchase subsidy of four wheelers is Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity for the first 1,000 cars, subject to a cap of Rs 1.5 lakh per vehicle,” CM Arvind Kejriwal said.