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Need to look into dimensions on diesel deregulation: FM

According to reports, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said that government will have to look into various dimensions of the issue before taking any decision on deregulating diesel prices. “The government has to take into account several dimensions of issue before decision can be taken,” he said, when asked about the possibility of deregulating diesel prices. The issues concerning diesel are not unidimensional, the Minister said, adding while some argue for deregulation, the others say that it would fuel inflation. “On ... Read More »

Will the sun shine on solar power in India in 2013?

According to reports, it was never the lack of sunshine but high costs that prevented India to tap solar power. That economics is changing fast, making solar power a viable option. Says Kameswara Rao, leader, energy, utilities and mining, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) India, “There is considerable excitement on account of decline in capital costs over the years which has brought grid parity closer to reach. ” From a peak of about Rs 18 per unit three years back solar power is now ... Read More »

Time-of-day metering for Kerala power consumers

According to reports, Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has made time-of-day (ToD) metering applicable for domestic consumers drawing more than 500 units a month. The meters have been installed at all such households, an official spokesman said here on Tuesday. Normal tariff applicable for consumers in this category has been Rs 6.50 a unit. This rate would now become applicable only from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., they would have to pay Rs 7.80 per ... Read More »

Karnataka unveils multi-city rooftop solar programme

According to reports, as solar programmes go, the one unveiled recently by Karnataka is a pretty small one — about 1.3 MW. But its spread is large. The State wants to create 0.5 kW and 1 kW household solar systems across some 1,943 houses in Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hubli and Gulbarga. From a reading of the tender notification, it appears that this is a pilot project. These are grid-connected solar systems, which means that this programme is a rent-a-roof type of ... Read More »

Chhattisgarh govt to install solar energy driven water pumps in 1722 hamlets

According to reports, solar energy would not only power lamps but would also ensure drinking water in the Maoist-infested pockets in Chhattisgarh. The state government had selected 1722 hamlets where water pumps operated by the solar energy would be installed to provide pure drinking water to the people. The hamlets are across the 10 districts of the state; mostly in the red zone. A high level meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary, Sunil Kumar on Tuesday approved the proposal for the installing ... Read More »

National Biomass Mission on the cards

According to reports, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy seems to be buoyed by the perceived success of the National Solar Mission, which has certainly helped create solar consciousness across the country. Now, the Ministry is working on a National Biomass Mission, and has asked the industry to prepare a mission document. This need not be anything more than a bricolage of information in public domain basted into a document, for the details are already pretty much known. To recount, ... Read More »

Move to extend REC validity beyond 1 year

According to reports, when the Renewable Energy Certificate regime came into effect last year, it was generally believed that the proceeds from selling the certificates to those obligated to buy green power would form a meaningful stream of income to wind, biomass and solar energy producers. But the trading in the last few months has belied the faith. In the trading session of December, 19 lakh RECs were available, of which less than 3 lakh were traded. The Central Electricity Regulatory ... Read More »

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