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Renewable energy push takes a hit on random back-down instructions by discoms

According to reports, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s aggressive renewable energy push that aims to ramp up the share of green power in the country’s electricity supply mix from the current seven per cent to nearly 20 per cent by 2022, is getting stonewalled across a number of states. State-owned power distribution utilities (discoms) in states such as Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu are reported to be curtailing solar and wind power generation, as well as randomly issuing backing down ... Read More »

Power Grid to spend Rs 91,000 cr in three years

According to reports, Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) is placing a bet on turnaround of the distribution sector and prospective demand from states. “In intra-state transmission, Rs 1.5 lakh crore worth of work is expected. The positive impact of UDAY (the scheme for the distribution sector) and the Centre’s various reform programmes in states would kick-start investment in sub-transmission and distribution,” the government-owned company said in a presentation to its investors after the March quarter results. UDAY or Ujwal Discoms ... Read More »

Why India’s smart grid infrastructure is integral for power sector

According to reports, globally, the digital revolution has increased need for electricity with greater reliability and better quality than is typically delivered through conventional power distribution systems. As more manufacturing processes and service industries become dependent on digital services, the requirement for high security, quality, reliability, and availability of an electric power supply will only go up. India’s existing infrastructure has been designed for large conventional sources of energy that involves manual intervention and oversight. However, with the government’s thrust ... Read More »

Work begins on India’s first green energy corridor project

According to reports, India today conducted the ground-breaking ceremony for its first green energy corridor project with an ultra high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) link over 1,800km with the aim to bring power to 80 million people. The project by state-run Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) is being executed by ABB Group in partnership with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). “This link is a key element of integrating renewable energy with the main grid. It will integrate thermal and wind energy ... Read More »

CLP India eyes transmission corridors, smart grids

According to reports, CLP India, part of the 115-year-old Hong Kong-based energy company, is eyeing potential buyouts, transmission project bids and renewable energy sector space in the country. The company, whose installed capacity is close to about 3 giga watt (3000 MW) in the country, is expected to see its renewable energy capacity going past the one giga watt mark with the commissioning of the 100 MW solar park at Veltoor in Telangana. Rajiv Mishra, Managing Director of CLP India, ... Read More »

Cabinet okays pact on large-scale grid linking of clean energy

According to reports, the Cabinet today approved signing of a pact between Forum of Regulators (FOR) and National Associations of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) for large-scale grid integration of renewable energy. “The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FOR and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) in the area of large-scale grid integration of renewable energy,” an official statement said. The MoU envisages to ... Read More »

Nokia, Tata Power-DDL to jointly modernise electrical grids

According to reports, Nokia and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd will be enabling an Internet Protocol/Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network to support the management of its electrical grid in North and North-west Delhi. This is Tata Power-DDL’s area of operation, according to a press statement. The statement said that the deployment has enabled Tata Power-DDL to support mission-critical operational services as well as traditional business and IT services all on a single communications network. Teleprotection makes it possible to detect the ... Read More »

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