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Distribution segment to lead power sector reforms in India

According to reports, India’s power sector reforms in 2013 would be led by the distribution segment, armed with the newly-announced debt restructuring package for state utilities. The Centre has backed the package with measures to ensure it does not meet the same fate as the one-time-settlement scheme of 2001. Also, most states have defeated political interference on revising retail rates, which will show in healthy balance sheets of financially-ill discoms. The distribution sector reform, coupled with easing fuel supply constraints, duty ... Read More »

Chennai Corporation plans solar bus shelters to save power

According to reports, in a bid to reduce power consumption, Corporation of Chennai has proposed to build solar bus shelters on major arterial roads. Officials said the solar-powered bus shelters will also have charging points for mobile phones. A senior corporation official said: “Some bus shelters in the city have at least 20 tubelights. These consume a lot of power. To cut back on power consumption, we are considering solar-powered bus shelters on arterial roads.” Officials said they are yet to ... Read More »

Few takers for Renewable Energy Certificates continue to remain a cause for concern in India

According to reports, Renewable energy certificates (REC) for power generated from wind, biomass , bio-fuel and small hydro plants are stacking up in the absence of takers, eroding a key incentive for renewable electricity. Out of 8.5 lakh such certificates offered for sale in December, barely 1.73 lakh found buyers – at a price of Rs 1,500 each, which is about 45% lower than a year ago. According to data provided by the Indian Energy Exchange, the number of certificates being ... Read More »

Solar power plants’ output high, but varying widely in India

According to reports, the ministry of new and renewable energy ( MNRE) recently released data of power generation from solar plants constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission ( JNNSM) for November. And the results span from very good to dismal. November means short days for the solar plants, but according to Vineet Mittal, managing director of Welspun Energy, a solar power developer: “November is one of the better months with no rain or dust and with lower temperatures, closer ... Read More »

Renewable energy to power industries in Tamil Nadu in 2013

According to reports, with the conventional energy projects unable to address the power crisis, 2012 saw the emergence of renewable energy in a big way. The state government announced a new solar policy with a target to set up 3,000 Mw of solar power in three years. Severe power shortage made chief minister J Jayalalithaa write several letters to the Prime Minister seeking Centre’s support to address the issue and also for speedy clearance of projects. She also flayed public sector ... Read More »

Rejected in Argentina, yet welcome in Thiruvananthapuram

According to reports, Innviron, the US-based company chosen by the state government to set up a gasification plant to treat municipal solid waste at Chalai, has a long history of ‘breach of contract’ and repeated failures in waste-management in Argentina. The documents sourced by TOI prove that the company was rejected by four different municipalities in Argentina after it failed to convince the local governments regarding its expertise in waste-management. Their latest failure happened in November 2012 in Villa Maria, just weeks ... Read More »

Andhra Pradesh Govt plans fixing energy saving targets for depts

According to reports, the State Energy Conservation Mission of Andhra Pradesh Government is contemplating fixing annual energy saving targets on various departments, starting with energy, municipal administration and urban development, industries, agriculture. Towards this move, the State Government is poised to constitute district level energy conservation committees to be headed by District Collectors with the objective of continuously monitoring and implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures. Minnie Mathews, Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh, today suggested that various departments could take up ... Read More »

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