CIL agrees to sign fuel pacts against medium-term power buy agreements
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 17th, 2012
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Coal India has agreed to sign fuel supply pacts with power generators having medium-term power purchase agreements (PPAs), in a move that should help prevent 1,500-mw capacity from becoming idle. Earlier, the coal producer was insistent that it would sign FSAs only with companies that have signed long-term PPAs. CIL has relented on this issue following intervention from the Prime Minister’s Office. Medium-term PPAs are signed for 2 to 5 years only unlike long-term PPAs which are entered for 20-25 years. The new policy would also provide flexibility to discoms in managing their power requirements. CIL has been asked to complete signing of these FSAs by November 15. Coal supply will be co-terminus with PPA tenure. Continue

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RECs Drive India’s Renewable Energy Sector
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 17th, 2012
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Renewable Energy Certificates are a financial mechanism instituted in many areas around the globe as an attempt to address the mismatch between the availability of renewable energy sources in some areas and the requirement for renewable energy standards. In India, renewable energy certificate (REC) trading is playing a role in meeting renewable purchase obligations (RPOs). Being such a vast land area, parts of India have much more sunshine and wind than others, therefore, some areas are not prime targets for power generation from solar or wind. While power producers and distributors are obligated to purchase a set amount of energy from renewables, in those areas with lesser resources, the producers and distributors can buy RECs to meet their obligation. Likewise, those in areas with an abundance of resources may sell the RECs, thus spawning a strong REC trading market. This article is the first in a two-part series that looks at

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Haldia dock crisis: NTPC starts transloading coal
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 17th, 2012
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The ongoing crisis at Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) has already started having an impact on industry in the region. Anticipating a dip in stocks, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has started unloading imported thermal coal for its power plants at Farakka and Kahalgaon on barges from ships waiting at the Sandheads. The plan is to sail these barges to HDC, unload the thermal coal and transport them to the power plants. "The MV Stx Mutiara arrived at the Sandheads with nearly 74,000 tonnes of thermal coal for the power plants. Had operations not been suspended at berths 2 and 8 of HDC, the ship should have been unloaded there by now. The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) management has made several attempts to convince Haldia Bulk Terminals (HBT) Pvt Ltd to resume operations at the two mechanized berths but the company hasn't done so. Some thermal coal is even lying at

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Small Hydro power is not every investor’s cup of tea : Mr. S. C. Mittal
shivanshtyagi
October 17th, 2012
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Mr. SUBHASH CHANDER MITTAL,  Independent consultant (Hydro-power and Dams) & Director, DMR Hydro engineering and Infrastructure (P) ltd. He is Civil Engg. and started his carrier with NHPC in 1985. He has vast experience in working of Civil and Mechanical works in different Hydro projects in India as well as overseas. He is also worked with private firm at corporate level like M/s Aquagreen Engineering Mgmt. Pvt. Ltd. and M/s SNC Lavalin Engineering India Q. 1 what are the biggest challenges in the development of a Hydropower plant Social, Economical and technical.  Big social challenge is location of hydro projects in remote tribal areas.  Tribal societies feel that the projects have been imposed from above and do not carry their consent.  This perception needs to be addressed at the state government levels. Smaller projects should be owned by local institutions and not by state government. Economical challenges include high cost, long gestation and

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Reliance Power secures clearance for 700MW hydro project in India
Tanay Tarany
October 16th, 2012
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Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group company Reliance Power has secured the techno economic clearance from the Central Electricity Authority for its 700MW Tato II hydro project in India. The project is located in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, to be built on River Siyom entailing an investment of INR60bn ($1.1bn), reported the Hindu Business Line. Continue

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