Siemens win 411 crore order from PGCIL
Kshitij Dhingra
July 31st, 2014
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Siemens Limited has won a crucial turnkey order (design, engineering, commissioning and installation) from of India Limited (PGCIL) worth approximately Rs 411 crores. The order is for static var compensators (SVCs) for three of PGCIL’s substations - Ludhiana in Punjab, Kankroli in Rajasthan and New Wangpoh in Jammu & Kashmir.
 
is a high-voltage system that dynamically controls the network voltage and keeps the network voltage constant. The order is for one of a series of SVC projects planned by Power Grid Corporation to improve grid stability across India.
 
“The delivery of stable, reliable power supply to meet the increasing demands from industry and urban centres is crucial for India’s sustainable progress. It

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Nepal prepares to sign power trade deal with India
Kshitij Dhingra
July 31st, 2014
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Energy-starved Nepal is gearing to ink a major power trade deal with India during the upcoming visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will arrive here on Sunday on his first official visit. 

Three major political parties of Nepal - the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN (Maoist) - yesterday consented to the government's plan to sign Power Trade Agreement (PTA) with India during Modi's visit.  The meeting of senior leaders of major parties was called by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala to seek national consensus on the agenda to be discussed with the Indian Prime Minister during his two-day visit. 

The meeting formed a three-member cross-party panel to finalise the contents of the PTA to be forwarded to the Indian side for approval, official sources said. 

The

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Power generation begins at Jurala relief to Telangana
Kshitij Dhingra
July 31st, 2014
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Power generation began at the Jurala hydro project on Wednesday, bringing relief to the new state of Telangana which is hit by bad monsoon and severe power crisis.

Five of the six generating units were pressed into service to produce 1.80 mw of power. The total capacity of the power station is 6MW. Jurala has been receiving 90,000 cusecs of flood water from Narayanpur reservoir following heavy rains in the upper catchment of the river Krishna in Karnataka. About 5,000 cusecs was released from Jurala to generate power.

Project officials said they will lift the crest gates on Thursday to release flood water if the dam becomes full.

The water level at present is 316.5 feet as against full reservoir level of 318.53 feet. Source: Times of

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power tariff hike to spur SMEs migration from UP
Kshitij Dhingra
July 31st, 2014
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The proposed hike in industrial power tarrifs in would spur migration of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand, Indian Industries Association (IIA) has said.

According to IIA, the proposed hike was ostensibly merely 7-10%, however in effect it would result in 25-30% increase in power tariffs for industry.

“The proposed hike would impair our cost competitiveness and we would be forced to relocate to other states offering us cheaper power,” Lucknow chapter president Man Mohan Agarwal told Business Standard here.

He maintained if the proposed power tariffs were executed, it would result in migration of almost 25% SMEs, mostly to Uttarakhand. Besides, IIA has reiterated the demand

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Govt. considering DGAD views on solar cells dumping.
Apoorv Kumar Singh
July 29th, 2014
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According to reports, the recommendations of The Director General of Antidumping & Allied Duties on putting anti-dumping duties on solar cell imports are under the consideration of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, said Nirmala Sitharaman, the MoS in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, in a written reply in Lok Sabha. DGAD has already stated that imports of Solar Cells, Modules or Panels, Thin Films from China PR, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and USA are below the normal value resulting in dumping of such products. The domestic industry has suffered material injury due to the dumping. To offset dumping and injury, DGAD has recommended the imposition of definitive anti-dumping duties ranging from US$ 0.11 per watt to US$ 0.81 per watt on the imports and accordingly recommended to the Government for imposition of definitive anti-dumping duties ranging from US$ 0.11 per watt to US$ 0.81 per watt on

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GE Invests in 126 Megawatts of Wind Farms in India
Apoorv Kumar Singh
July 29th, 2014
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According to reports, a unit of General Electric Co. (GE) has invested in three Indian wind farms comprising 126 megawatts of capacity under development by Atria Power Corp. The first 25.6-megawatt project will be completed in Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh state in September, GE Energy Financial Services and Atria Power said in an e-mailed statement today. The companies didn’t disclose the terms of the deal. The two others, which are 50 megawatts each and located in Betul in the central Madhya Pradesh state, will be ready by June next year, the companies said. GE, which manufacturers turbines at a plant in Pune, will deliver 76 megawatts of machines to the farms. An undisclosed manufacturer will supply the remainder, according to the

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Reliance Power to buy all of Jaypee’s hydropower assets
Kshitij Dhingra
July 28th, 2014
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Debt-laden Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd () on Sunday said it had signed a deal to sell its entire hydropower portfolio to , a wholly-owned subsidiary of -controlled  (R-Power).

JVPL has a hydropower asset base - three plants with an asset life of 50 years - worth a little over Rs 10,000 crore and with a cumulative capacity of 1,800 Mw.

, of which JPVL is a subsidiary, is the flagship company of Jaypee Group. On Sunday, it said in a statement it intended to "utilise the entire proceeds of the proposed transaction to reduce its

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Centre to help AP to add 4000 MW of Solar Power
Kshitij Dhingra
July 28th, 2014
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The Union Government is planning to give a big solar power push to Andhra Pradesh. The Centre will help set up the State add 4,000 MW of solar power in the next two years, making it a leader in solar power in the country. Anantapur district will be made the solar power hub of the country.

Addressing reporters after his meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu here on Sunday, Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal has said that the State would be allotted 200 MW of power from NTPC’s Jhajjar plant from August 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015.

He discussed the power scenario with the AP Chief Minister and promised help from the Centre to augment power supply and to help generate more power. He said the Hinduja group would add 520 MW of power in Visakhapatnam by the

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Policy on rooftop power generation for capital soon
Kshitij Dhingra
July 28th, 2014
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After years of wait, the decks are finally being cleared for rooftop solar power generation in the Capital. The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission is expected to notify the proposal, which will see solar units fixed on rooftops, in two weeks’ time. The initiative envisages individual households producing solar power for their own consumption and also decreasing the peak time load on the power network.

The DERC is in the process of finalising regulations about its proposal to introduce net metering for rooftop solar power generation as per the guidelines laid down by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

After the policy is notified, the Delhi Government will initiate putting of solar plants on government buildings, colleges and hospitals. It may be later followed at individual level. In fact, the Delhi Government may announce “production-based subsidy” and other incentives for solar power

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Rooftop Solar Panels on 300 Government Buildings
Kshitij Dhingra
July 27th, 2014
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With the state government pushing for tapping of renewable energy sources, about 300 government buildings including 50 panchayat union offices would be harnessing solar power to meet their energy needs.
Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA), the nodal agency to promote renewable energy, has floated bids to install seven-kilo watt grid tied solar rooftop power plants at 300 government buildings.
According to TEDA sources, the solar rooftop systems would be installed at 50 panchayat union offices and remaining in the 234 assembly constituencies.  The buildings in the assembly constituencies would be identified shortly, sources said, adding that once the contract is awarded, the solar system would be installed within 90 days.
The work on installing 30 kilo watt solar plant in secretariat would begin shortly. In Fort St George, government building housing the secretariat, will have

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