In a development which environmentalists term a “setback” for the prospects of green energy in the Capital, the Delhi power regulator has decided not to penalise the discoms despite their repeated “failures” to meet the minimum required renewable power obligations (RPO).
The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission has allowed the distribution companies to carry forward their RPO of last year to current fiscal. The regulator’s decision, which is yet to be formally out in its detailed 2014-15 tariff order, came after the discoms requested the regulator to either waive off their RPO or consider carrying forward the commitment to subsequent years.
Claiming that the renewable power available in Delhi is “limited” and “expensive”, the discoms had told the regulator that in the present scenario they were finding it “difficult” to meet the RPO obligations.
The scheme, which became a part of the
Tata Power, India's largest integrated power company, today said it generated 45,210 MUs (million units) of power collectively from all its power plants in 2013- 2014, compared to 34,683 MUs in the previous fiscal - a rise of 24 per cent.
The total power generation capacity of Tata Power is now at 8613 MW from various fuel sources such as thermal (coal, gas and oil), hydroelectric power, renewable energy (wind and solar PV) and waste heat recovery.- See more at:
The Union environment ministry has decided to consider group clearances for adjacent mines of Coal India Limited (CIL), the near-monopolist in the sector, rather than considering individual project proposals. There would be only one public hearing, a prime necessity for environment clearance, for the identified cluster, instead of examining one mine at a time. The request to do it this way had come from the coal ministry, which was keen to raise production and sidestep environmental objections. “It will be prudent to adopt a cluster approach for mines situated close by, so that the cumulative impact of mining on the environment could be documented and that only one public hearing for this cluster is held,” the ministry said after holding discussions in its Expert Appraisal Committee meeting on the proposal. It has said the cluster classification should be based on multiple factors. Continue
A new US$50 billion development bank jointly formed by the so-called BRICS nations could offer solar a vital new source of funding, according to a leading expert.
Last week Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) confirmed they had joined economic forces to form the joint-nation New Development Bank.
The new institution will fund infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other developing economies.
Talking to PV Tech, Stephany Griffith-Jones, finance professor at Columbia University and author of a BRICS development bank discussion paper in March for the United Nations, said the BRICS nations had identified solar as one of their priorities.
Although actual BRICS funding and projects will “take a little bit of time” to materialise, the NDB “is very exciting” for solar development and would “make [solar projects] more feasible”, said Griffith-Jones.
Griffiths-Jones said that with the NBD
Tamil Nadu Government has installed a capacity of 102 MW of solar power plants under various schemes across the state and proposed to add another 708 MW, the Assembly was informed today.
Electricity Minister Natham R Viswanathan said as a first step to implement effectively the Solar Power Policy, announced by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, roof-top Solar Power Plant of 60 KW has been installed at the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) head-office.
He also said TANGEDCO has already issued letters of intent to establish solar power plants of 708 MW capacity to 52 developers and approval of rate and power purchase agreements from Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) was being awaited.
Since some consumer association
A small Indian village in the northeast of the country, with the help of Greenpeace, is now meeting all of its own energy requirements with solar, after 30 years of apparent neglect from the government. Dharnai village in the state of Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, now sources its power from a solar micro-grid. Bihar currently has at least 19,000 other villages, or 82 per cent of the population, which do not receive reliable power from the traditional grid-based system and still lack access to electricity. The 100-kilowatt (kW) system in Dharnai powers the 450 homes of the 2,400 residents, 50 commercial operations, two schools, a training centre and a health care facility. A battery backup ensures power around the clock. This includes 70 kW for electricity generation and 30 kW for 10 solar-powered water-pumping systems with three horsepower each. The system was built within three months and has been
The plant will be set up in two phases over a period of 7 years with Phase I comprising 1,000 MW and the balance 3,000 MW in subsequent phasesBharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), Sambhar Salts Limited (SSL), Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), Sutlej JalVidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL) and Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) earlier this year for formation of a Joint Venture Company (JVC) for setting up of a Ultra Mega Solar Power Project (UMSPP) with a cumulative capacity of 4,000 MW in phases at Sambhar in Rajasthan on build, own and operate basis. The proposed
Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells - keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun.
By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, researchers led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University has found a way to let solar cells cool themselves by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation.
Solar cells are among the most promising and widely used renewable energy technologies on the market today. Though readily available and easily manufactured, even the best designs convert only a fraction of the energy they receive from the Sun into usable electricity.
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Citizens living in south and west Delhi can now register complaints about power-related emergency cases and faulty streetlights in their areas through a new round-the-clock toll-free helpline launched by a discom here.
Claiming to be the first power utility in the city to offer a toll-free helpline number, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL), today said that it has launched the dedicated number -- 1800-10-39707 -- in order to promptly address emergency (fire and shock) and streetlight complaints in these areas.
According to a BSES spokesperson, this dedicated number is over and above the existing option of registering emergency and streetlights complaints on BRPL 24 x 7 helpline number 399-99-707. BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) supplies electricity in south and West Delhi areas.
"Besides the emergency (fire and shock) complaints, a consumer can also register streetlight complaints, including the complaints
The subsidy burden for distribution utilities of 16 states is estimated at Rs 72,000 crore, 17% higher than the previous financial year, due to higher costs and cheaper tariff for the farm sector, said ICRABSE -0.59 % in a recent note. The note states that state electricity regulators in 16 out of the 29 states have issued tariff orders for the current fiscal so far, attributing the delay partly to the recently-held Lok Sabha elections. The rating agency noted that subsidy dependence for utilities in Maharashtra is likely to increase sharply by about 55% on a year-on-year basis in FY15 as a result of tariff subsidy of 20% announced by the state government, and also for Jammu & Kashmir where the subsidy burden is projected to rise by 51% due to continuous support for funding the high transmission and distribution losses. The subsidy for utilities