National Electricity Policy

The standing committee on Energy, reviewing the National Electricity Policy, has underscored the point that for increasing new generation capacities, appropriate technology may be considered. It highlighted that in case of hydro electricity, though the potential is 1,48, 701 MW, the current installed capacity is 44,478 MW,or just 30% of the potential. While overa […]

NITI Aayog Hurls for 24x7 Power for All, EV’s

NITI Aayog has pitched for 24x7 electricity for all, bringing reforms in diesel and petrol pricing, and city gas distribution in 100 smart cities in its Three-Year Action Agenda released. The document, unveiled by FM, also calls for steps to promote electric cooking and adoption of electric vehicles. Besides, the Aayog has also suggested the govt to ensure availa […]

Cost-effective Steps in Power Sector on Anvil

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is expected to take a decision soon on cost–effective practices proposed to be adopted in the power sector to avoid imposing further burden on consumers and supplying quality power in an economically sustainable manner for the next 25 years, particularly to entrepreneurs and MNCs desirous of setting up industries in Andhra Prad […]

By 2020 India's RE Sector Can Create 300,000 New Jobs

Over 300,000 Indians could find jobs in the wind and solar industry over the next five years if the country works towards its 2022 target of 160 GW. Currently, wind and solar together account for almost 14% of India’s installed power capacity. Over the next three years alone, the sector can generate jobs for about 80,000 Indians. The industry employed over 21,000 […]

No Fresh Query from DRI or ED on Adani Case

Union Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on 2nd Aug told standing committee on Energy that DRI or ED have not sought any details regarding alleged financial fraud by Adani Group in a Maharashtra based power project. The Guardian in a detailed report published on August 15 claimed that the Adani Enterprise Ltd. and its subsidiaries siphoned off the money from a Mah […]

Power Thefts Worth Rs. 134 Cr in Haryana

Power utility companies in Haryana have detected electricity thefts worth nearly Rs. 134 crore in the state in the past three months, reports thehansindia. According to it "Cracking down on illegal consumption of electricity, Haryana Power Utilities has found 16,214 cases of electricity theft and imposed a penalty of Rs. 58.48 crore on erring consumers in the mon […]

Coal India to Halve Offer Under E-Auction

Coal India has decided to halve its offer under e-auction from 300 million tonnes during 2016-17 to around 150 million tonnes this year, which will increase supply to fuel-starved power plants. Last year, the company managed to sell barely 100 million tonnes of 300 million tonnes offered in e-auctions. “We have already sold some 73 million tonnes of coal under e- […]

NTPC Set to Retire 25 Power Generating Units

Thermal power generating giant NTPC is likely to retire 25 power generating units, totalling 2,390 Mw. The units, part of several plants such as Badarpur, Tanda, Talcher, Kanti and SAIL JV, etc, would soon turn older than 25 years and can’t be retrofitted to meet new emission norms. Out of the 25, 15 units are fully owned by NTPC and the rest are in joint venture […]

NHPC's Kishanganga to Start Operations by Jan 2018

NHPC’s 330 MW Kishanganga hydel power plant is likely to be commissioned in six months while the 880 MW Parbati II hydro project will begin operations by October next year, Union power minister Piyush Goyal said. The two projects in J&K are scheduled to generate 4458.69 million units additional power once operational, he said in in a written reply to a questi […]

Indian Power Sector Seeing Low PLF: Assocham

The Indian power sector suffers from low capacity utilisation and the plant load factor (PLF) for power plants is estimated to remain low at around 62% until 2018-19, industry chamber Assocham said on Tuesday, citing its report. "India's energy sector is facing low capacity utilisation in power generation as PLF is estimated to remain low at around 62% until 2018 […]

Panel to Monitor CIL Supply

CIL has set up a monitoring cell to track coal supply amid concerns of falling stocks at thermal power plants. The public sector miner has also urged power producers, including NTPC, to optimise coal movement to its plants on the basis of the stock level. According to data from the CEA, actual stock at thermal plants across the country as of 31 Aug’17 was at nine […]

New Power Minister to India

Raj Kumar Singh, the country's former home secretary and new Power & New and Renewable Energy Minister, keeping the momentum going for the massive reforms initiated by his predecessor, Piyush Goyal, would be an uphill task. Singh's new job will require him to keep pace with the ever-changing renewable energy technologies and updating policies accordingly. Thi […]

Power Dept To Install 70,000 Smart Meters In City

The electricity department in Panaji, Goa will install 70,000 smart electricity meters in the jurisdiction of division-I, under Smart Panaji City initiative, on a pilot basis in the next 6 months. Meanwhile, GED Connect, an android mobile app for electricity consumers, aims at providing e-payment facility through mobile application to 6.17 lakhs consumers. It was […]

NITI Aayog Survey Recommends Power Reforms

Reforming labour laws, boosting flexibility in their implementation and accelerating power sector reforms can enhance ease of doing business, according to the govt's policy think-tank NITI Aayog. It launched the Ease of Doing Business report based on an Enterprise Survey of 3,500 manufacturing firms across all states and UTs. The survey was conducted along with t […]