Electricity is an intriguing service. Those who are involved in its Generation realize its importance the most, those who are involved in its transmission & distribution come next, still better off than those who use it.
In fact it's the way these users consume electricity that makes a mockery of the installed generation capacity in India. We may clamour incessantly about the G-T-D shortcomings, the situation would not improve unless we employ & exhibit a sense of ownership for the service & the resources put into use to deliver it to us. Not everyone wants to pay a lesser bill for more consumption. There are the moral souls who feel duty bound to pay for whatever they consume actually, but only for the few others who resort to amoral ways, the noble ones also get tempted in tampering with their meters, or other ways of evading high bills. More worrisome
Those were the days when we used to quote 45,000 MW as the total potential for wind power in India. And then came many industry experts who said it could be as high as 100 GW, given the more efficient turbines that can also operate at higher altitudes. Just when many in India are locked with CWET and other research firms on whether India’s wind power potential is 48,000 MW or 100,000 MW, here comes a nice bunch of guys from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LNBL), USA, who claim Indian wind potential could be anywhere between 2000 GW to 3000 GW. That is 20-30 times the most recent estimates. “ The new Berkeley Lab study has found the total techno-economic wind potential to range from 2,006 GW for 80-m hub heights (an indication of how high the wind turbine stands above the ground) to 3,121 GW for 120-m hub heights”, says this report.
DHARWAD: The state government has launched a plan to boost the lift irrigation projects in the state wherein it will install solar panels on irrigation canals to generate power. In the first phase, this project would be implemented in Yadgir, Raichur and Bijapur districts and then extended to other districts. The Karnataka government took the initiative inspired by the success of a similar project implementation in Gujarat where the villages are getting uninterrupted power supply. continue
New Delhi, Aug. 14: The government may allow foreign investment in power trading exchanges ' the first of a series of reforms in power.
A draft cabinet note says the government is contemplating allowing up to 49 per cent foreign investment in the exchanges.
India has two exchanges ' Indian Energy Exchange and Power Exchange of India Ltd ' both of which do very little business as state electricity boards prefer long-term purchase deals.
The idea is to energise the moribund exchanges with fresh capital and encourage states that face power shortfall to bid for the electricity needed to meet the shortfall.
The move may encourage an orderly trading platform where SEBs participate instead of them resorting to sudden withdrawals, which on two occasions in the end of July triggered massive grid collapses in the east, north and Northeast.continue
Northern Grid Failure on Monday, 30th July 2012, was big news. It became bigger next day, on Tuesday, when almost half of India went dark for over two hours with the failure of Northern, Eastern and North Eastern grids. Grid failures are rare & serious matter requiring grave introspection, detailed analysis and firm decisions to avoid recurrence. It was easy to describe reasons for these two grid failures, simply because there are a whole lot of factors, which due to lack lustre performance of power sector, were being neglected and forced analysts to classify these as Tragedy Waiting to Happen and a reminder that we are Living on the Edge. Over drawl of Power by a few states, Supply Demand mismatch, installed generating capacity, poor health of SEBs, Outdated regulatory mechanisms, Technical and Commercial losses, Fuel supply and Transmission system are some of the reasons being attributed for these failures