Monthly Archives: June 2014

2nd National Conference on Building Green Partnerships for Sustainable Green CSR

Marking the first anniversary of the Companies Act 2013, Sharp Developments is pleased to announce its 2nd National Conference on Building Green Partnerships for Sustainable Green CSR on 7th August, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi - For details click here 

With India Inc. estimated to invest around Rs 22,000 crore towards corporate social responsibility (CSR), the bill enforces companies to make sustainability an integral part of their technologies, products, and solutions to protect our planet while a creating business value.

Conference Highlights:

Supported by IREDA (Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency), Government of India, the conference aims to define the mechanism for implementation of Green Energy CSR projects.

Identify policy and financing initiatives.

Focus on how leading sectors contributing towards CSR interventions in India can channelize their potential CSR funds towards sustainable development.

Identify Public private partnership which can be fostered for effective renewable energy based CSR interventions.

The conference aims to establish an Alliance for sustainable CSR by bringing together common understanding amongst various key stakeholders to undertake CSR activities in a greener way. This time the conference will take a giant leap from where it left last year on thought leadership, and move towards establishing partnerships and projects for sustainable CSR interventions.

for last year’s Conference Report on Green Energy CSR - Please click here

Join us in building sustainable ‘Green CSR Partnerships’.

We look forward to your support.

Sharp Developments

Conference Coordinator: Nikita Madan  |  Call: 99 715 91 777 

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India to invite bidding for largest solar power project; aims to achieve a capacity addition of 10,000 MW by 2017.

According to reports, India is about to launch the largest bidding of solar power projects worth 1,500 MW under its flagship Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). In what the government officials claim is the first success story of converging the three energy ministries vis-a-vis coal, power and renewable energy, solar power would be bundled with conventional power at such a huge scale in one go.

The bidding, which is a part of second batch of the phase 2 of JNNSM, aims to achieve a capacity addition of 10,000 MW by 2017. The government tendered 750 MW of solar power projects in January this year as part of this phase. While the current solar power capacity of the country is 2,600 MW, government hopes to cross 20,000 MW by 2022.The solar power produced in this phase would be bundled with the existing unallocated quota of conventional power. The pooled power would be sold at an average rate to the distribution companies, who shy away from procuring solar power citing it to be costly.

The bundling of power and its sale would be handled by NVVN (NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam), the power trading arm of power generation giant National Thermal Power Corporation Limited ( NTPC). NVVN officials said that the average cost of bundled power would be around Rs 4-4.5 per unit. “We are also hoping that big names in the power sector would bid for huge capacities.The capacity being so huge this time, NVVN is also holding talks for connectivity with ‘central transmission unit’ for alignment with the main grid,” said a senior NVVN official.NVVN, which was at the helm of handling solar mission when it was launched in 2010, pulled out of it last year due to procedural delays. “With both power and renewable energy under the same minister, it was easy to co-ordinate with the power department to allocate conventional power for bundling solar power,” said a senior official at the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).

Confirming the development, Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary, MNRE said, “We are in consultation with all the stakeholders and would come out with bidding guidelines soon, most likely the bidding would commence by July-August.” Minister Piyush Goyal, who is responsible for the three key energy portfolios, had earlier indicated at setting up of higher targets and advancing the timeline of the solar mission.

Government is also pushing for ultra mega power projects of 1,000 MW each for solar. Solar power price has come down to Rs 6.5-7 per unit, a 60% decline in the last three years. The last batch of bidding under JNNSM had fixed tariff of Rs 5.45 per unit supported with viability gap funding.

“It was the effort of NVVN that the average cost of power came down in the first phase. The bidding saw solar power cost crashing to Rs 8-10 per unit from Rs 17 per unit in 2011,” said a MNRE official, adding that the ministry is hopeful of achieving grid parity for solar by 2017.

PGCIL to invest Rs 5800 crore for upgradation work inGujrat

Power Grid Corporation of India LtdBSE 3.13 % (PGCIL) will invest Rs 5,800 crore for upgrading its network in Gujarat over the next three to four years, its Executive Director DK Singh has said. 

“Power Grid will invest Rs 5,800 crore in Gujarat to increase the number of Extra High Voltage (EHV) substations to 12 from the existing five. 

“It will also be used for increasing the transmission capacity to 19,000 mega volt ampere (MVA) from the existing 4,000 MVA. The transmission lines shall be expanded to 7,575 kms in Gujarat from the existing 5,610 kms,” he said yesterday.

Singh was speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of Chinese company TBEA’s Rs 1,000 crore Ultra-High-Voltage (UHV) power transformer plant at Karjan near here on Saturday. The TBEA plant was inaugurated by Gujarat’s Chief Minister Anandi Patel. 

Talking about the country-level projects, Singh said, “Eleven High Capacity Power Transmission Corridors (HCPTCs) have been planned to meet bulk power evacuation requirement of various independent power producers (IPPs), mainly coming up in resource-rich states like Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 66,000 crore.” 

Singh expressed confidence that with the formation of ‘One Nation-One Grid’ system, the Indian power sector is going to flourish as several opportunities are waiting ahead. 

However, conserving Right-of-Way (RoW), minimising impact on natural resources, coordinated development of cost effective transmission corridor, flexibility in upgradation of transfer capacity of lines matching with power transfer requirement are major areas of concern in development of transmission network in the country, he added.

Source: Economic Times


Rural TN gets 19,000 solar powered green houses

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday inaugurated 19,037 solar-powered green houses for poor families in rural areas, built at a cost of `342.67 crore, through videoconferencing at the Secretariat.

Till 2013-14, 1.8 lakh houses were taken under the Chief Minister’s Solar Powered Green House Scheme, which is designed to address the housing issue as well as to promote green energy.  For the current year 2014-15, `1,260 crore has been allocated  for taking up another 60,000 houses. Such a scheme is being implemented for the first time in the country.

Apart from the green houses, the Chief Minister inaugurated many school buildings, Anganwadi centres, ration shops, community cooking halls, and bridges constructed by Rural Development Department at a cost of `80.43 crore. As many as 1,523 houses built for the people living in the coastal areas under the Tsunami Reconstruction Project and panchayat union office building at Pudukottai, built at a cost of `1.54 crore were among those inaugurated by her.

The Chief Minister also launched the presentation of `1 lakh each incentive fund to 4,000 federations of Self Help Groups.  Four panchayat-level SHG federations at Pillayarnatham (Dindigul dt), Koolanaickenpatti (Coimbatore dt), Kammalapatti (Salem dt) and Chinnamattarapalli (Krishnagiri dt) received the incentive from the Chief Minister on Friday.

Besides, 30 village panchayat-level SHG federations have been selected for a cash prize of `50,000 each for making all its members literates. Of this, the SHG federations at Kodimangalam (Maudrai dt), Sethirabalapuram (Nagapattinam dt) and Chennamarareddipatti (Tuticorin dt) received the cash award from the Chief Minister.

Slum Clearance

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister inaugurated 1,502 residential tenements in a seven-storey building constructed at a cost of `90.12 crore, at Perumbakkam by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. These tenements are being allocated for the people living in unhygienic and objectionable places in the city on the recommendation from the Chennai Corporation.

Source: New Indian Express

Nuclear power plant near Chennai all set for milestone event

Far removed from any protest-din, a nuclear power plant 40 km south of Chennai, is all set to achieving a milestone – loading of liquid sodium. The operators of the nuclear power station, which is half the size of the first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, are awaiting the green signal from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, the country’s nuclear power regulator.

For the 500 MW ‘prototype fast breeding reactor’, loading of 1,750 tonnes of the coolant liquid sodium is practically the last big event before the unit starts generating electricity.

This is an important milestone because nuclear establishments in all countries are watching India’s PFBR, the first plutonium-based fast breeder reactor anywhere in the world.

The Rs 5,677-crore techno-economic demonstration plant that a government of India-owned company is putting up is of crucial importance to the country’s nuclear plans. Its success would set the ball rolling for a clutch of ‘fast breeders reactors’—at least six of them have been planned. Two of the six would come right next door to the PFBR.

Fast breeder reactors are a big deal for Uranium-scarce India because they produce more nuclear fuel than they eat up. You blanket the ‘core’, where the fuel is simmering, with natural Uranium, the neutrons flying out of the core convert the Uranium into Plutonium – a valuable fuel.

You blanket it with Thorium, you end up with Uranium – 233, a variety of Uranium that has split-able atoms. (Heat is produced when the atoms’ nuclei are split by a runaway neutron, and the heat is converted into electricity.)

The PFBR will have a blanket of a mixture of natural Uranium and Thorium, so apart from electricity, you also get nuclear fuels.

India has a fourth of all the Thorium discovered on this planet, so it is wise to use it gainfully. Problem is, Thorium is useless as a fuel, until it is converted into Uranium-233, for which you need fast breeder reactors.

Then why didn’t India start building fast breeders right from the beginning? Because it is not possible.

The fast breeders need a lot of Uranium, or Plutonium. Uranium, India does not have much of, and no other country would give us after 1974, when Pokhran-I happened. Plutonium does not occur in nature, it has to be produced in a nuclear reactor.

So, the country had to wait for four decades to have sufficient stock of Plutonium to fire up the fast breeders. And now, it is happening.

Asked when would the PFBR start producing electricity, a senior official of Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd, which is putting up the plant, said that it would be technically possible to do that in 4-5 months after the liquid sodium loading happens. But then, the schedule would entirely depend upon the regulator, AERB. And the Board could hardly be expected to rush through matters—it would want every step checked out multiple times to satisfy itself over safety.

But a little delay would not matter here—after all, it is still a prototype, and in any case it is already well over the planned six years since the construction began in 2004.

Source: Business Line

4th Annual Conference on “Overseas Coal: Need for Logistics Optimization”

India has been one of the World’s largest and fastest growing economies with recently surpassing Japan in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). In addition, coal reserves in India are one of the largest in the world and boasts of being the 3rd largest producer of coal in the world. The energy derived from coal in India is about twice that of energy derived from oil, whereas worldwide, energy derived from coal is about 30% less than energy derived from oil.

The Indian coal sector is dominated by the two government-owned companies, namely Coal India Ltd and Singareni Collieries Company Ltd which contributed 81% and 10% respectively to the total country’s coal production.

Importing coal becomes a challenging proposition when the quantity to be imported is large and the infrastructure is not very good. But to feed its growing energy demand and propel its GDP growth, India needs to overcome these challenges and develop risk mitigation strategies. Import and inland transportation of coal requires considerable logistical requirement & planning. Availability of proper infrastructure is also a pre-requisite.

Keeping all these burning issues in mind, Infraline Energy is holding its 4th Annual Conference on “Overseas Coal: Need for Logistics Optimization” with the objective to provide an ideal platform for various key stakeholders, in the coal sector to deliberate on the existing gridlocks, with possible probable solutions while sharing their practical experiences and views.

CSE proposes mini grid model to eradicate energy poverty

A Delhi-based think tank today proposed a model to eradicate energy poverty in India and claimed that their model would ensure at least 12 hours of electricity to every household per day especially in the rural areas. 

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) advocated for a new “mini grids” or renewable based decentralised distributed generation of power model. 

It said that these projects should be made bankable and investor friendly and provided with performance-based incentives to make them sustainable in the long run.

“Mini-grid or decentralised generation of power offers exciting possibilities of reducing India’s energy poverty,” said Chandra Bhushan, CSE deputy director general during a workshop on “Sustainable Mini-Grid for Energy Access”.

CSE noted that the country despite registering a growth in generation capacity at seven per cent between 2002 and 2013, consumption has grown even faster due to rapid infrastructure growth in urban and semi-urban areas.

It said that grid powers from large-scale coal-based power plants were unlikely to reach rural India to provide energy on demand.

“Renewable energy based mini-grids can be a possible solution to meet the electricity demand of vast rural population of India while simultaneously addressing climate change issues as well. Various renewable based mini-grid models have emerged in India,” CSE said.

“In order to make energy access through mini-grid a reality, we need a simple but robust model to provide reliable electricity to villagers,” programme director-renewable energy at CSE Nayanjyoti Goswami said adding that CSE  divided the energy poor into two categories, grid connected rural areas and remote villages not connected to the grid.

Proposing a model to make the operation of mini-grids sustainable, CSE said since the mini grid have to co-exist with the main grid for villagers to receive reliable power on demand, in such situations, mini grids must act like a franchise to the DISCOM or the electricity distributor.

“Using reverse bidding, renewable energy based mini-grids would be set up for a cluster of villages to ensure minimum supply of 12-hours of electricity,” the Delhi-based think tank said.

Source: Economic Times

IEX launches mobile application

Celebrating its sixth anniversary power bourse Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) has launched a mobile application that allows real time access to price and volume information. 

The mobile application, now available for Android device, grants easy access to real-time price and volume information in the day-ahead power market, among others. 

Besides, the exchange plans to launch mobile application for Apple and Blackberry devices within the next few days, IEX said in a statement today.

“Since its inception IEX has been revolutionising the Indian power market… We would continue to set newer standards in terms of simplifying and widening access of our offerings in a cost-effective yet potent way, using technology as the great leveller,” IEX Director (Business Development) Rajesh K Mediratta said.

Source: Economic Times

Power tariff up by 1 paisa per unit

BANGALORE: A Fuel Adjustment Cost (FAC) of one paisa per unit will now be added to your electricity bill. 

The tariff increase will happen in areas where Bescom supplies power like Bangalore city, Bangalore Rural, Davanagere, Tumkur , Chitradurga, Kolar, Ramanagaram and Chikkaballapur districts. It is applicable across all sections of consumers. This will be reflected in the billing cycle of July, August and September. The FAC will come up for revision during the post-September quarter. 

KERC notified that as per FAC regulations of March 2013, Escoms are allowed to claim changes in variable cost of power purchase over and above the approved tariff on a quarterly basis, and this happens mostly due to fuel price hike. This helps the companies recover the extra expenditure incurred towards fuel costs.

Source: Times of India

Power Ministry invited bids for Rs 12500 crore for transmission lines

The Ministry of Power has invited bids for nine new transmission projects with an aggregate cost of ?12,500 crore, as it seeks to fast-track the capacity building of inter-State transmission lines. The projects will be developed through the tariff-based competitive bidding process, which will invite participation from all bidders, including the private sector.

The nine projects will benefit States such as Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and others by setting up high capacity 765kV lines carrying up to 2,100 MW each from the construction of new 765/400 kV substations.

The new transmission lines will also reduce congestion in Haryana by strengthening the Northern Transmission system.

“The projects will help evacuate power from central generating power stations such as the 660 MW Sipat of NTPC, the 1,600 MW Gadarwara as well as private sector generating stations such as the Sassan Ultra Mega Power Project with 1,320 MW,” a statement from the Power Ministry said.

“These projects were stuck in the approval process in the Government over the past several months,” the Power Ministry said. “The approval to go ahead with the implementation was granted immediately.”

The largest of the nine projects is for a transmission system which will be associated with NTPC’s 1,600 MW Gadarwara project and would entail a cost of ?4,885 crore in two parts. Strengthening of transmission lines of NTPC’s Sipat power stations would entail a cost of Rs. 2,473 crore.

The Power Ministry envisages the development of 28,000 MW of inter-regional transmission capacity in the country over the next three years, which would enhance the total capacity to more than 66,000 MW by 2017.

Source: Business Line



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