Power situation in Tamil Nadu to improve soon.
Apoorv Kumar Singh
April 22nd, 2014
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Availability of electricity in Tamil Nadu is set to improve in the next few days as the crippled 600 MW thermal power station at Mettur, currently shut down, is likely to be put back in operation in a few days. Leakage of hydrogen gas from the generator due to leaky seals resulted in the shut-down of the year-old plant on March 8. Some experts termed the leak as "teething problems". The thermal power station, owned by the state electricity generation and distribution utility, Tangedco, was constructed by BGR Energy with equipment from Dongfang of China.   When the plant was shut down, it had generated 15.8 million kWhr of electricity in March. A 600 MW plant, when it runs to full capacity, could generate more than 500 million units of electricity.   For comparison, 600 MW the North Chennai Thermal Power Plant of Tangedco, produced 508 million units of electricity in March. Sources in BGR said

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ODISHA MAY REJECT VEDANTA’S PLEA TO USE IPP POWER FOR SMELTER.
Apoorv Kumar Singh
April 22nd, 2014
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The Odisha government is unlikely to consider the plea of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) to use power generated by Sterlite Energy Ltd, also a Vedanta Group firm, to run its smelter complex at Jharsuguda.

The company had argued that since Odisha had turned power surplus, sparing 600 Mw out of Sterlite's 2400 Mw (4x600) coal-fired station could come to the rescue of its smelter lying idle for want of power.

The state grid is currently getting 400-450 Mw from Sterlite's 2400 Mw plant and acceding to VAL's request would cut supply by 50 per cent.

"Vedanta had requested the government to allow conversion of its two 600 Mw units to CPP (captive power plants). But such an arrangement would cut power supply to state grid by up to 50 per cent. Besides, the state government is not encouraging conversion of IPP (independent power producer) to

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India, Bhutan ink preliminary pact for four hydropower projects.
Apoorv Kumar Singh
April 22nd, 2014
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In a move that will strengthen the strategic partnership between India and Bhutan, the two countries have signed a preliminary pact for the joint construction of four hydropower projects in the landlocked country that is expected to generate 2,120 megawatts (MW) of electricity, a foreign ministry statement said on Tuesday.
The agreement between Bhutan and India was signed on Monday in Thimphu, the statement said.
The largest of the four projects is the 770MW Chamkarchu project; the others include the 600MW Kholongchu hydel power project, the 180MW Bunakha project and the 570MW Wangchu hydel project, the statement said.
“Hydropower cooperation with Bhutan is a classic example of win-win cooperation, providing clean electricity to India, generating export revenues for Bhutan, and further strengthening our bilateral economic linkages,” it said.
Three hydroelectric projects totalling 1,416MW, which includes the 336MW Chukha project,

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Award-winning Indian SMEs partner for sustainability project .
Apoorv Kumar Singh
April 22nd, 2014
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A Karnataka-based musical and academic educational trust has tied up with SELCO India to implement its award-winning sustainability project. 

Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (KSV) was granted $100,000 at the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize award ceremony for its student-led project to become self-sustainable using energy efficiency, solar technology and bio-gas energy. 

The school has partnered with SELCO India, the 2014 Small and Medium Enterprises finalist, that uses renewable energy for alleviating poverty, to build a solar powered 'green amphitheater' as a means to enhance its music and dance-focused curriculum. SELCO will also install a solar powered mini-grid to power the school's classrooms and hostel facilities. KSV has commissioned SELCO to undertake an energy audit prior to the solar installations, with a second energy audit planned post-installation to compare savings. The winners and finalists of the Prize were

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OSHA Revises Standards for Line Work and Electrical Protective Equipment.
Apoorv Kumar Singh
April 22nd, 2014
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Tuesday issued a final rule that revises a 42-year-old construction standard for electric power line work to make it more consistent with general industry standards.

The final rule, which is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on April 11 and becomes effective 90 days after that, also revises general industry and construction standards for electrical protective equipment.

The updated standards for general industry and construction include new or revised provisions for host and contract employers to share safety-related information with each other and with employees, as well as for improved fall protection for employees working from aerial lifts and on overhead line structures. In addition, the standards adopt revised approach-distance requirements to better ensure that unprotected workers do not get dangerously close to energized lines and equipment. The final rule also adds new requirements

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