India signed contracts to purchase solar power from companies building 700 megawatts of capacity awarded in a national auction. The government is waiting to sign purchase agreements for the remaining 50 megawatts from the auction in February, Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, said today in an interview in New Delhi. The agreements, which lock in rates for the power generated for 25 years, bind developers to complete the plants within 13 months. Two developers dropped out after winning bids, including St. Peters, Missouri-based SunEdison Inc. (SUNE), which said last week it gave up a 20-megawatt project because local equipment shortages and prices make it unviable. The other developer that Kapoor didn’t identify forfeited its project after failing to get permission from its parent to proceed, he said. Kapoor ruled out extending the 13-month commissioning deadline after an industry lobby requested more time this month
AIPEF writes to Modi on power sector reforms Wednesday April 16, 2014 Chandigarh All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) in a letter to Narinder Modi has suggested that a high level committee be constituted to review the power sector reforms and recommend corrective measures to chalk out a road map for “Power to all at affordable rates “. AIPEF has forwarded a copy of a resolution to Modi that was adopted in its federal council meeting demanding immediate stoppage of blind privatization, introduction of franchisee system in power distribution and outsourcing of departmental works. AIPEF will oppose crony capitalism, blind privatization policies & address the crisis being faced by Indian Power Sector that is threatening to undermine the economic survival of the Nation. The copies of resolutions have also been sent to Prime Minister and all Chief Ministers. Shaliender Dubey Chairman AIPEF personally delivered copy of resolution to Rajnath Singh BJP
Power consumers across the state can expect fewer shutdowns or cuts in the summers as Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) has directed the electricity distribution companies (discoms) - Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) - to streamline the peak load hours plan and notify it on weekly basis. If the new directions are implemented, domestic and industrial consumers, especially those in NCR cities like Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat, Panipat and Karnal along with Panchkula and Ambala will get relief in summer when power demand rises manifold. Both discoms have around 45 lakh electricity consumers of various categories. During summer, residents are forced to bear the brunt of unannounced power cuts even after notified load shedding hours. Haryana has an average demand of 4,500-5,500MW of power, which goes up to 8,000MW during peak hours in summer and post-monsoon months. HERC has issued the directions during the
The Delhi government's 1500MW gas-based plant in Bawana has been in the news for the past few years because of the gas crisis. The plant was pitched as a solution to the capital's dependence on other states for meeting its power demand. But, shortage of gas to operate the plant has made it more of a liability. Discoms have not yet sourced power from the plant this season. But with the temperature rising, they may be left with no choice. The peak demand this year is expected to be about 6200MW. Currently, discoms are able to source power from other places at a cheaper cost. "The plant functions irregularly because of gas shortage. This raises the cost of power generation. Regular gas supply would bring down the costs substantially. However, the government doesn't run the plant to full capacity and that deters us from sourcing power from it,'' said a
Being disallowed from buying cheap power in open access from outside Gujarat, industrial units on Tuesday filed a petition with the Gujarat Electricity Regulatory Commission (GERC) challenging the decision of Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO). GETCO had disallowed around 125 industrial units in south and central Gujarat from purchasing power in the open market.
"Gradually some of the smaller and medium units have been closing down due to being denied cheaper power. Hence, we have filed a petition with GERC against GETCO and SLDC to challenge the disallowing of purchasing cheap power from outside the state. Since GETCO and SLDC too have filed a caveat with the regulatory body, we expect to be called for a hearing soon," said a stainless steel tubes and pipe manufacturing unit based out of Valsad in south Gujarat.
According to state government official, open access for short-term power purchases had been curtailed
Former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh on Monday said the coal scam could have been avoided had Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pushed for reforms, including e-marketing and open auction of coal blocks, as recommended by him.
"Had the Prime Minister used his authority behind the reforms proposal, it [coal scam] could have been avoided," said Mr. Parakh after the release of his bookCrusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths.
He added that former Coal Ministers Shibu Soren and Dasari Narayana Rao, besides many parliamentarians and industrialists, had objected to the reforms.
Mr. Parakh, against whom the CBI has registered a case in connection with the allocation of an Odisha coal block to Hindalco, virtually gave a clean-chit to the PM saying whatever positive work he could do as Coal Secretary was when the Ministry was under Dr. Singh.
"The Prime Minister gave me full support.
Nearly two weeks after predicting a gloomy future for the world due to global warming, a UN panel on Sunday came out with yet another alarming report, telling the global community that the emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases (GHGs) have increased substantially despite reduction measures adopted by different countries.
In its report, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the emissions grew more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than in each of the three previous decades.
It, however, emphasized that the world has tools (ways) to fight climate change and the time has come when countries must take the measures more effectively. Highlighting that existing efforts were not enough to bring down emissions, the panel urged nations to take measures to lower global GHGs emissions by 40-70% from the 2010 level by mid-century if the world wanted to limit the increase in global mean temperature
Industrialists in the state are completely dismayed by the decision of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to turn down applications of several industries seeking permission to buy power from Indian Electricity Exchange (IEX). It has refused to renew the open access (OA) permits of five industries.
MERC has upheld the contention of MSEDCL that it will face operational and financial difficulties if industries were granted OA through IEX. These difficulties need to be addressed before OA can be allowed through exchanges. It claimed there was no specific provision in MERC OA Regulations to allow purchase of power through exchanges. Twenty-nine industries had filed petitions in MERC either seeking OA or complaining about MSEDCL's unwillingness to grant the same. All of them have been rejected. The industrial power tariff of MSEDCL is one of the highest in the country. The industries find buying power from exchanges cheaper. MSEDCL
KOLKATA: State-run power producer NTPC has settled the dues of two Coal India subsidiaries, bringing to a close a protracted tussle over quality of fuel the state-run miner was providing. "Dues at Eastern Coalfields and Bharat Coking Coal have been settled. Officials from NTPC and CIL agreed on the quantum of the dues and NTPC has made the payment," a senior Coal India executive said, adding that dues of the other subsidiaries were likely to be cleared in a fortnight. As on March 23, NTPC owed Coal India Rs 3,000 crore. Continue