Monthly Archives: September 2013

TN Govt pares non-peak hour power cut by 50%

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa, has ordered a 50 per cent reduction in non-peak hour power cut with effect from tomorrow for high tension industrial and commercial consumers.

However, the restriction during peak hours (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.) during which the HT industrial and commercial consumers are allowed to consume grid power up to 10 per cent of their requirement would continue to be in force.

In a press release, the State Government said that at a review meeting of the power situation in the State held under the leadership of the Chief Minister on September 26, it was pointed out by the Electricity Board officials that after the monsoon, the hydro power stations had increased power generation.

Moreover, the 600 MW Mettur Thermal Power Station, the Vallur Thermal Power Plant (1,000 MW) and the 1,200 MW North Madras Power Plant have commenced power generation.

The industries had also welcomed the relaxation from August 14 to September 30 in the restrictions imposed on HT industrial and commercial consumers for the first time in five years, it was pointed out.

Jayalalithaa, taking into account the power situation prevailing now in the state and keeping in view the state’s industrial development, ordered reduction in the power cut during non-peak hours from 40 per cent to 20 per cent to HT industrial and commercial consumers from tomorrow (October 1), the release said.

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Source: BusinessLine

Bhutan’s first priority in power sector is to fulfill commitment to India

 Hydropower rich Himalayan country Bhutan is not keen on any new FDI from any country in power sector before fulfillment of its commitment of providing 10,000 MW additional hydropower to India by 2020. Bhutan has also finalized Rs 70,000 crore fund utilization pattern in the targeted hydropower capacity augmentation project. Lion’s share of this financial load is being shouldered by India. 

“Now Bhutan’s priority is to fulfill its commitment to India,” said Dasho Tsering Wangda, Consul General of Bhutan in India. Naturally,”Scope of fresh FDI in power generation sector in Bhutan is not there for newer future,” said Bhutan Economic Affairs Ministry (EAM) officials. “But yes, Bhutan may open the door wide for all countries again after fulfilling this commitment,” they added. 

Development of this installed capacity to produce targeted 10,000 MW with an estimated expenditure of around Rs 70,000 crore will remain mainly under the monitoring of Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), the highest Hydropower authority of Bhutan. 

According to DGCP MD Mr C Rinzin, at present, Bhutan does not have enough in house human resource, infrastructure or financial strength to develop all these projects by ourselves. So, it is proceeding with two finalized models in hand. These are Inter Governmental (IG) and Joint Venture (JV) models. 

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Source: ET

World Record Solar Cell with 44.7% Efficiency

Officials for the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISESoitecCEA-Leti, and the Helmholtz Center Berlin jointly announced having achieved a new world record for the conversion of sunlight into electricity using a new solar cell structure with four solar subcells.

After more than three years of research, a new record efficiency of 44.7% was measured at a concentration of 297 suns. This indicates that 44.7% of the solar spectrum’s energy, from ultraviolet through to the infrared, is converted into electrical energy. This is a major step towards reducing further the costs of solar electricity and continues to pave the way to the 50% efficiency roadmap.

Back in May 2013, the German-French team of Fraunhofer ISE, Soitec, CEA-Leti and the Helmholtz Center Berlin had already produced a solar cell with 43.6% efficiency. Building on this result, further intensive research work and optimization steps led to the present efficiency of 44.7%.

These solar cells are used in concentrator photovoltaics (CPV), a technology which achieves more than twice the efficiency of conventional PV power plants in sun-rich locations. The terrestrial use of so-called III-V multi-junction solar cells, which originally came from space technology, has prevailed to realize highest efficiencies for the conversion of sunlight to electricity. In this multi-junction solar cell, several cells made out of different III-V semiconductor materials are stacked on top of each other. The single subcells absorb different wavelength ranges of the solar spectrum.

“We are incredibly proud of our team which has been working now for three years on this four-junction solar cell,” says Frank Dimroth, department head and project leader in charge of this development work at Fraunhofer ISE. “This four-junction solar cell contains our collected expertise in this area over many years. Besides improved materials and optimization of the structure, a new procedure called wafer bonding plays a central role. With this technology, we are able to connect two semiconductor crystals, which otherwise cannot be grown on top of each other with high crystal quality. In this way we can produce the optimal semiconductor combination to create the highest efficiency solar cells.”

 

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Coal demand-supply gap to reach 185 MT by 2016-17: Sriprakash Jaiswal

The demand-supply gap in coal may widen to 185.5 million tonnes in 2016-17 though many measures have been taken to step up production of the dry fuel, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said today.

The country had to import a record 135 million tonnes (MT) of coal last year to meet domestic requirement.

“In spite of best of our best efforts, a gap in domestic supply and demand of 185.5 MT is envisaged in the terminal year 2016-17 of X11 Five-Year Plan,” the Minister said at an event here.

Stating that Coal is the mainstay of India’s energy programme as 55 per cent of primary energy supply and 70 per cent of power generation are dependent on the dry fuel, Jaiswal said India needs to be “more aggressive” in its approach towards acquiring assets abroad.

He said Coal India, which invited bids in February for acquiring overseas assets, has shortlisted 17 of 32 proposals it received. It had acquired two blocks in Mozambique earlier.

Jaiswal said India, the third largest producer after China and US, has 299 billion tonnes resources and 123 billion tonnes of proven reserves, which may last for over 100 years.

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The domestic production was 557 MT in 2012-13 and in first five months of 2013-14 there has been a 2.7 per cent growth in CIL’s output over corresponding period last year.

“The coal production target for 2013-14 is set at 604.5 MT,” he said.

As far as coal availability to the power sector is concerned, it has “increased by 12.2 per cent from domestic sources i.e. against 302.3 MT in 2011-12; the availability in 2012-13 has been 339.2 MT. There has been a growth in coal based generation by 13.9 per cent in 2012-13 over 2011-12,” he said.

However, he pointed out that despite huge reserves and no financial constraints “coal companies are facing difficulties in augmenting production due to issues like environment & forestry clearances, land acquisition and rehabilitation issues and law & order issues.”

Fast-track rail projects to move 300 MT coal

Three critical rail links being fast-tracked at the highest level will ensure transportation of 300 million tonnes (MT) of additional fuel to consumers amid shortages being faced in the country, Coal Ministry has said.

Coal India Ltd (CIL) has maintained it has potential for incremental supplies which cannot be transported in the absence of rail connectivity to transport the dry-fuel.

The three rail corridors being fast-tracked are: Tori-Shivpuri-Kathotia in North Karanpura, Jharkhand; Bhupdeopur-Korichhaapar to Mand Raigadh mines in Chhattisgarh and Barpali-Jharsuguda in IB Valley, Odisha.

On completion, they “can help transport 300 MT of coal annually, enabling Coal India to meet the demand of the nation”, the Coal Ministry said in a note.

It said that production build up is a big challenge and the movement of coal from producing centres to the consuming centres is also difficult as a number of potential coalfields lack rail infrastructure facilities for coal evacuation.

“To match the movement of coal with the projected production levels, a number of critical rail links have been identified” and a “high-level Inter Ministerial Committee constituted by PMO is addressing the issue of faster implementation of critical railway projects in potential coalfields,” it added.

The Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI) in July agreed to monitor the progress of the three rail links critical for transporting coal from CIL mines located in Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

 

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RFP For Procurement Of 50 Mw Solar Power For Long Term From Grid Connected Solar Pv Power Project

Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited, hereinafter referred to as CSPDCL, acting through Chief Engineer, Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited,4th Floor,Vidyut Sewa Bhawan, Dagania, Raipur hereby invites interested Bidders to purchase the RFP to participate in the bidding process for the selection of successful Bidder(s) for procurement of 50 MW solar power for long term from Grid Connected Solar PV Power Project through tariff based competitive bidding process under „Case 1-RE?bidding procedure for meeting its requirement on the basis of international competitive bidding in accordance with the Bidding Guidelines. The responsibility of the Successful Bidder(s) shall be to supply power to the Procurer(s) as per the  terms and conditions of the RfP Documents.

For More Information Pls.Go Through Attached PDF…….

Attached Files: RFP (Solar Power) doc.pdf

 

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Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited unveils solar net metering concept

Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (APEPDCL) in association with New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh(NREDCAP) on Saturday launched net metering, an eco-friendly concept of encouraging power consumers to take to solar power production to manage the energy demand and supply.

Launching the concept with the release of a pamphlet at the discom’s corporate office here on Saturday, EPDCL chief general manager (operations) KSN Murthy and NREDCAP district manager PV Rama Raju said that power consumers of the discom can generate solar power for self-consumption and also supply it to the discom. Rama Raju said that domestic users would be allowed a maximum 50% subsidy of the cost of installing an up to 3 kilowatt solar rooftop panel installation and interested consumers could approach the discom through the proper channel by filling an application for getting the system at home itself as discom officials would give technical support and help clear all the formalities . He said the applicants just need to have a minimum 10 sq m or 100 sq ft space for installation of solar panels on their rooftops.

Some banks have even come forward to sanction loans to interested consumers under National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) supported schemes, he said pointing out that such solar installations would be useful for ryots to operate pump sets and streetlights.

Source: TOI

Industry bodies raise doubts over model power-purchase pact

Industry bodies have expressed serious doubts over attracting investments based on the model power purchase agreement (PPA) issued by the power ministry for the development of power projects on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis. 

The model PPA proposes payment of fixed charge by the utility to the concesssionaire and it is to be revised annually to reflect 30% of the variation in a composite index comprising WPI and CPI.
 
Besides, for UMPPs based on imported fuel, according to model PPA, the price of fuel procured from Captive Mines outside India or from a long term fuel supply contract, shall be the lower of indicative price of fuel as specified in the bid and 80%/85%/90% of the price of fuel computed with reference to the average API4 Index (South Africa). This price shall be increased every year at a compounded annual rate of 4%. 
 
RV Shahi, former union power secretary said the DBFOT model is unlikely to attract enough response. Those who respond would bid with so much of risk perception that the tariff offered would be excessively high. Financial Closures of such projects would be virtually impossible. ”The main thrust of the Electricity Act 2003 is creation of electricity market through competitive process and de-licensing of generation is one of the main instruments to achieve this objective. The structure of DBFOT runs counter to this main objective. The proposed Scheme puts the whole progressive approach in the reverse gear,” Shahi added.
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Source: Business Standard

Desh Deepak Verma takes over as UP Electricity Regulatory Commission chief

Senior IAS officer Desh Deepak Verma was sworn in as the new chairman of the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) on Saturday.

Verma, a former IAS officer of the 1978 batch, was sworn in by governor BL Joshi in the presence of chief secretary Jawed Usmani, besides a host of officials from the power department.

Verma is the fourth chairman of the power regulator that looks after implementation of the State Electricity Act, its enforcement and regularization of power tariff.

Verma’s appointment to the post comes almost 11 months after it fell vacant when the Supreme Court set aside chairmanship of previous chairman Rajesh Awasthi following a petition that challenged his appointment citing conflict of interest.

The UP Rajya Vidyut Upbhogta Parishad welcomed the appointment of Verma to the coveted post.

The parishad, in a statement, said that it expect that interest of consumers will be taken care of on various levels by the UPERC. The association is likely to call on Verma to discuss various pending issues pertaining to the commission.

Source: TOI

Government targets coal block auction by December

The government has set a target to auction at least six coal blocks to private firms by December. “The Coal Ministry has set an internal target to auction the coal blocks by December,” said an official source.
He said that at least six explored blocks with estimated reserves of over 2,000 million tonne would be put up for auction, without giving details of the mines involved. 
Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had said last month that the coal block auction is likely to be held in the next two months. 
The Cabinet had recently approved the methodology for auctioning coal blocks, providing for upfront and production- linked payments and benchmarking of coal sale prices. 
Coal blocks will be put up for auction after Environment Ministry reviews them and bidders have to agree to a minimum work programme, an official statement had said recently. 

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Source: ET

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