Feasibility study for new hydro projects in Odisha in the offing
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 18th, 2012
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The state energy department will take up feasibility study of probable locations for developing small hydro electric projects (SHEPs) across the state. As part of its efforts to boost hydro power generation, the department has identified 200-250 such locations. Chief secretary B K Patnaik has urged the energy department to submit feasibility report within a month. The Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) is in the process of preparing pre-feasibility report for five new hydro power projects with a combined capacity of 1543 MW. These projects include Bhimkund & Baigundi project on Baitarani river in Keonjhar district (110 MW), Kanpur small hydroelectric project in Keonjhar district (3 MW), Indrabati pump storage project (600 MW), Balimela pump storage project (510 MW) and Upper Kolab pump storage project. Continue

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Indian energy secretary: Integrate renewables
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 18th, 2012
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For India’s New and Renewable Energy Ministry Secretary Gireesh Pradhan, a gradual integration of renewable energy infrastructure into his country’s utility sector is key to bridging India’s vast electricity usage gap. “Supplement in the short-term, substitute in the medium-term and replace in the long-term,” Pradhan told The Jerusalem Post, in an exclusive interview in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night. “There’s a trick here. The trick is nobody defines short-term, nobody defines medium-term and nobody defines long-term.” “But it gives my ministry a roadmap that this is the direction we are taking,” he said. And the minister has found that Israel can be a critical point along that roadmap – filling in many gaps that India is currently lacking. Continue

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India’s 39% Plunge in Wind Installations May Spur Mergers
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 18th, 2012
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Wind-turbine suppliers in India may be forced to consolidate amid increasing competition after a policy vacuum prompted a 39 percent plunge in installations in the first half of the financial year. In the six months ended Sept. 30, turbine makers including Suzlon Energy Ltd. (SUEL) and Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) installed 851 megawatts of wind capacity, down from 1,403 megawatts the previous year, according to provisional numbers from the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association in Chennai. Investors are building fewer farms in the world’s third- largest wind market after two government incentives expired in March. Turbine makers are unlikely to offset the drop in demand with exports as other major markets in China, the U.S. and Europe also slow, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Continue

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Ashden lauds India’s 15-20% growth rate in off-grid electrification
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 18th, 2012
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Ashden, a UK based global charity promoting sustainable energy and the custodian of the Ashden Awards, which reward sustainable energy pioneers that cut carbon, protect the environment, reduce poverty and improve people's lives, alongwith a group of India's leading sustainable energy pioneers have reaffirmed their faith in India to emerge as the leader in energy access for the poor amongst the world economies through off-grid electrification. The experts have lauded the annual growth rate of 15-20% of the organised off-grid electrification in the country. The sector is fast growing in popularity and is estimated to be worth Rs.500 crore in India. The experts feel that the Indian government needs to demonstrate global leadership in increasing the poor's access to energy. According to Honourable Sarah Butler-Sloss, Founder Director of the Ashden Awards and international sustainable energy champions, "Off-grid electrification in India, in particular, has seen an increase in the activity since the

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Maharashtra power row takes a new turn
Amit Antil
October 18th, 2012
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Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co (MahaVitaran) has sought to play down the controversy over preferential treatment to private power producers. It said while the tariff offered by the Maharashtra State Power Generation Co Ltd (Mahagenco) at Rs 3.20 a unit was cheaper, it could not guarantee power supply “as and when required”. MahaVitaran officials said they opted for JSW and Adani Power for short-term (less than one year) contracts at a higher price of Rs 3.80 to Rs 4.10 paise a unit because the private producers guaranteed round-the-clock supply, something which Mahagenco failed to provide.

“Short-term contracted power is for specific days and specific time period when the load is high and availability is less. This requires assured supply, which MahaGenco was not in a position to provide,” Maha Vitaran officials clarified.
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