Implement Electricity Act to get grid stability
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 16th, 2012
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Blaming the unscheduled interchange scheme, which is only an accounting procedure, cannot be the remedy. This scheme has to work within a modified grid code. Adopting the one put forth in the Electricity Act is an essential step forward There was a grid collapse in 2000. The government appointed a committee headed by the chairman of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). The committee recommended that training should be conducted for transmission and load dispatch engineers, support for charging, self-start facilities at Faridabad, implementation of under-frequency relay scheme, periodic maintenance of important lines, better communication and recording facilities, implementation of ‘expert systems’ for analysis and restoration, review of black start procedures and islanding schemes. It also recommended the upgradation of high voltage direct current (HVDC) systems with the help of international experts and annual training workshops for load dispatch engineers. Further, it recommended that the government of UP should appoint a committee

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A P J Abdul Kalam suggests creation of National Energy Commission
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 16th, 2012
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Stressing on the importance of country's energy security, former President A P J Abdul Kalam today suggested setting up of a National Energy Commission. The Commission, according to Kalam, would help in co-ordinating efforts to meet the rising energy needs of the country's growing population. Speaking at the conference on India's Energy Future organised by the Economist magazine, Kalam said highest priority should be given to energy efficiency. "India is expected to need a power generation capacity of 4,00,000 MW by 2030 from (current levels) of over 2,00,000 MW," he said. Continue

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Gillard to Promote Uranium Sales in Visit to Power-Starved India
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 16th, 2012
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Julia Gillard will use her first visit to India as Australia’s prime minister to begin uranium- sale talks, looking to open up a new market after appetite for nuclear fuel waned in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster. Gillard, who will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi in a three-day visit to New Delhi that begins today, will exploit an opening created when her party overturned a ban on uranium exports to India in December. She is aiming to tap increasing energy demand in the world’s second-most populous nation, which suffered widespread power blackouts this summer. Continue

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Mahagenco set to build 12 million tonne washery at Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 16th, 2012
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In what can be termed as a solution for many problems, Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (Mahagenco) appears serious about setting up its own coal washery. It has received a favourable report from a consultant regarding the feasibility of a washery with 12 million tonne per annum (MTPA) installed capacity along with a power plant based on reject coal generated from the washery at its biggest thermal power station at Chandrapur. The state power generation utility has floated an enquiry for appointment of consultants to execute the process of obtaining environment clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and consent from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board ( MPCB) within 48 weeks. This proves Mahagenco has finalized plans to set up a washery at Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS). The 12 MTPA capacity plant would be probably the biggest in the state. Continue

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State seeks extra power to tide over shortages
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 16th, 2012
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Worried over the severe power shortage, the state government has urged the Union government to supply additional power and fuel to overcome the ever increasing demand-supply gap. It also asked APGenco to expedite power projects so that 4,000 MW additional generation capacity could be augmented by 2014. M Sahoo, energy secretary, said the power utilities have entered into agreements to procure power to the tune of 1,500 MW per month till May 2013. A senior official said inadequate coal and natural gas supplies, reduced inflows into hydel reservoirs and limited transmission corridor facility badly hit the efforts to enhance power generation capacity in the state. "Due to severe fuel crisis, the generating stations are able to utilize only 10,400 MW capacity (65%) as against the total installed capacity of around 16,000 MW," he pointed out. Continue

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