The West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (WBSEDCL), which has sought a 2 paise reduction in average tariff for 2014-15, has asked for 44 paise hike for 2015-16 and 38 paise in 2016-17 from the current rate from the state power regulator. In the tariff petition with the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, the state utility had asked for a average tariff of Rs 6.57 a unit for 2014-15, Rs 7.01 for 2015-16 and Rs 7.39 a unit for 2015-16 and 2016-17, respectively. The current tariff a consumer of WBSEDCL is paying is Rs 6.59 for each unit of consumption, including MVCA adjustments. The announcement by the state government for taking steps for reducing the power tariff turns ineffective with demand for sharp rise in tariff the two years beginning April 2015 by WBSEDCL. If the regulator accepts the demand, a household consumer using around 200 units a month will see a paltry decline
Reuters reported that Coal India Limited, the world's largest coal miner, plans to set up a 1.6 GW power plant by 2015 to 2016 near one of its mines from which coal cannot be shipped and sold due to a lack of rail connections. The company has often said that its output would be 300 million tonne more than the current figure of about 475 million given enough rail tracks to carry the fuel from new and remote mines. Insufficient connectivity is one of the reasons the company has lagged output targets for more than 6 straight years leading to shortages at power producers and crippling outages. Mr CB Sood, an executive director at the company, said that "The country either needs coal or power. If we are not able to evacuate coal, we should set up pit-head power plants." Speaking on the sidelines of a coal conference in the resort state of Goa,
ate-run NTPC has filed a writ petition in the Delhi High Court, seeking a stay on the tariff guidelines recently issued by Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) for power plants catering to more than one state. Arguing that the regulator lacked consistency in its principles for tariff determination, the PSU said the new norms would hit its profitability. The new CERC guidelines will come into effect on April 1 and remain in force till March 31, 2019. The NTPC stock had tanked to a five-year low on February 24, following the regulator’s final tariff order. The new norms are aimed at increasing the operational efficiency of power plants, but would reduce profits of the PSU’s ageing plants. The regulator has removed many incentives for generation and transmission, which it thought added to inefficiency and was unfair to the consumer. Many of NTPC’s older plants have higher cost structure and the new regime would
The election code of conduct has come to the rescue of power consumers for the second time in a row as the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) may be forced to put on hold the power tariff revision for the coming financial year by a few months. Speaking on the sidelines of the swearing-in ceremony of two new members of the commission here on Wednesday, KERC Chairman M.R. Sreenivasa Murthy said the KERC would write to the Election Commission of India (EC) seeking direction on whether to hold the public hearing for tariff revision this month. “Ideally, we have to announce the tariff revision by the end of the financial year (March 31), and the revised tariff becomes applicable from April 1. But last year too, due to the code of conduct for the State Assembly elections, we announced the revised tariff on May 8 for consumption from May 1,” he said. While
Power purchase audit shows PSPCL suffered loss of Rs.1741.62 crore Friday March 7, 2014 Chandigarh Power purchase audit shows that Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL ) suffered a loss of Rs. 1741.82 crore in three years period of 2010-13 due to inefficient planning of power purchase. These are the findings of ABPS Infrastructure which was engaged by Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) to carry out study on power purchase and related matters of PSPCL .PSERC has now invited comments from public on the report up to March 28. The failure of PSPCL to accurately assess the availability of power from new generating stations led to increase in short term power purchases and resulted in financial implication of RS. 745.62 crore in 2010-11,Rs.229.62 crore in 2011-12 and Rs.491.59 crore in 2012-13 with the cumulative implication of Rs. 1466.83 crore in three years period. PSPCL procures power
NEW DELHI: India's dependence on imported coal will continue to rise as output will fall short of targets. The coal ministry will scale down it its production target of 795 million tones in 2016-17 as it expects problems in environment clearances and rail connectivity. The government's decision to de-allocate several coal blocks in past couple of years to private firms would also have an impact. Some experts say the de-allocation may hurt growth in production but on the other hand block ..
New Delhi : India is keen to examine the feasibility of importing power from an electricity grid emanating from the hydropower surplus region of Central Asia, as also helping to build mini hydel dams in the mountainous region through which two major rivers flow. According to Ajay Bisaria, joint secretary in the Eurasia division, of the Ministry of External Affairs, India stands to benefit from the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project, better known as CASA-1000, a new electricity transmission system to connect the countries of hydropower producing countries of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bisari, addressing a round table on 'Regional Water Security and Riverine Disputes: Issues Common to Central and South Asia' here Thursday, said India is keen to find out if a way can be found to import the electricity from the CASA-1000. "If there is a grid then India can benefit from the electricity
An Indian rule requiring wind farms to predict output or face fines has been temporarily suspended as the regulator reconsiders the best way to ensure stability of the grid, which suffered the world’s biggest outage in 2012. “The mechanism has been put on hold,” said Sunil Jain, chief executive officer at Hero Future Energies Pvt. and president of the Wind Independent Power Producers Association. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission last year ordered wind farms to predict their day-ahead generation within a 30 percent band. Developers including Tata Power (TPWR) Co. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s ReNew Wind Power Pvt. protested the directive, saying it was impossible to comply with and that penalties would wipe out profits in an industry that has drawn about $10 billion of investment since 2011. “Not a single project has been able to produce data within the margins,” Jain said in an interview in New Delhi this week.
The applicant, Solar Energy Corporation of India, a Government of India Enterprise and a company registered under the Companies Act, 1956 (1 of 1956) has made the present application under sub-section (1) of Section 15 of the Electricity Act, 2003(36 of 2003) (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) read Order in Petition No. 294/TDL/2013 Page 2 of 6 with Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Procedure, Terms and Conditions for grant of Trading licence and other related matters) Regulations, 2009 (hereinafter referred to as “the Trading Licence Regulations”) amended from time to time, for grant of Category `III` licence for inter-State trading in electricity in whole of India. In it order the CERC said the applicant meets the net worth requirements specified by the Commission for grant of Category `III` licence and has fulfilled other conditions for grant of Order in Petition No. 294/TDL/2013 Page 6 of 6 trading licence. The Commission proposes to grant Category `III` licence
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