Cogeneration Association of India (Cogen India), a non-profit organization, was formed in the year 2001, to promote cogeneration/captive power plants in all applicable industrial and commercial sectors. Cogen India aims to establish cogeneration as a national priority, through strategies and measures, promoting congruence of attitudes and mindsets of stakeholders, to increase power capacity to meet the demands of Indian population, facilitate conducive policy and regulatory framework at the Centre and States, information dissemination and capacity building.
Highlights of Cogen India activities:
1. Policy promotion:
Since inception Cogen India has been working with the Ministries and Institutions (MNRE, MoP, CERC, IREDA, etc.) at the Centre & State levels Ministries /Departments, for ensuring conducive policy framework for Cogeneration Power projects.

2. Development of Conducive Regulatory Framework:
Cogen India is working in the interest of the cogenerators and has already approached various State Electricity Regulatory Commissions for review of tariff rate and tariff structure for bagasse-based grid-connected cogeneration projects. Cogen India has been representing industry at CERC, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) and other SERCs over the last 12 years for securing conducive tariff for this sector.
Cogen India, with its sustained efforts and strong representation, has secured an upward revision in the MERC tariff, which has resulted in a conducive MERC tariff order. This has substantially benefited bagasse-based cogeneration projects in terms of additional financial income.
Continuous efforts by Cogen India on the issue of Non-Signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) by MSEDCL resulted in the Notification of Government of Maharashtra Policy for bagasse-based cogeneration power projects at sugar factories in Maharashtra from August 2016.
Cogen India has been representing various issues at different levels as follows:
• MERC hearings related to PPAs, competitive bidding, increase in tariffs, etc., and has been successful to increase the ceiling limit proposed by MSEDCL for competitive bidding with e-reverse auction from Rs 4/kWh to Rs 5/kWh.
• Tariff issue related 13 Year EPA is expired Cogen Power Plant
• Release of pending dues from 11 State Electricity Distribution Companies (SEDCLs) for power exported to the State grids.
• Denial of capital subsidies to 12 cogeneration power projects at sugar factories in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab
• Suggestions & Comments on Electricity Bill (Amendment, 2020) to Ministry of Power, Govt of India
• Submission of comments to CERC pertaining to Determination of Forbearance and Floor Price for the REC
• Relief/ Exemption Under DSM Regulation, 2019, to Bagasse Based Cogen Power Plants at Sugar Factories in Maharashtra

3. Capacity Building:
3.1 Organization of workshops/training programs:
Cogen India so far has successfully organized 60 numbers of Workshops/Business Meets, International Conferences as well as Residential Training Programs (RTP) for various industry sectors such as Distilleries, Paper, Sugar, Food & Fruit Processing, Biomass, Rice Mills, Cement etc., all over India in partnership with respective Industry Associations. Our Patron Members, equipment suppliers, developers, etc. have helped to set up actual projects in these industries.
3.2 Operator Training Programs (OTPs):
Cogen India successfully organized several Operator Training Programs (OTPs) in the States of Maharashtra and Uttarakhand during 2014-16. Over 240 operators from 25 sugar factories were trained at 14 select host sugar mills with existing cogeneration power plants.
The 6-week intensive training program focused on key areas of cogeneration power plants [boiler, turbine, water treatment, electrical distribution/evacuation, distributed control system (DCS), hygiene & safety, etc.), was designed to inculcate required skills amongst the participating operators, so that they can be very effective at their respective work places. These OTPs have helped increase the confidence level and ability of the operators to handle machinery/equipment more skillfully, and has also enhanced their knowledge of operators in depth.

4. Information dissemination:
  Industrial Cogeneration India Newsletter:
Cogen India publishes a quarterly newsletter “Industrial Cogeneration India” (ICIN). This newsletter was supported by the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India, initially, and today solely by private sector organizations. It disseminates information on cogeneration and decentralized energy generation every quarter, on issues relating to government policies, financing, technology, operation and maintenance, training and other capacity building initiatives, success stories, environmental issues, the Clean Development Mechanism, etc. Fifty-eight issues of the newsletter have been published so far, which reaches approximately 2,000 stakeholders/equipment suppliers and various industrial sectors such as sugar, distillery, paper, food processing, chemicals, fertilizers, cement, rice mills etc. by post, and over 1,000 by email. This has provided a unique forum for all stakeholders to facilitate the vast distribution of policy, financial and technical information.
Nisarg Urja, Marathi monthly publication, A New Initiative by Cogen India