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Renewable energy mission needs a robust grid network

According to reports, air pollution in Delhi and metropolitan cities of India has dominated much of the recent conversation in the judiciary, government and media. Half of the world’s 20 most polluted cities, according to World Health Organization, are in India and these cities are immensely contributing to climate change. On 2 October 2016, India ratified the Paris climate agreement, officially emphasizing its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nonetheless, just two years after embarking on the grand campaign to ... Read More »

ADB to lend $500 million to India for power transmission projects

According to reports, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will lend $500 million to India to improve large-scale power transmission from the northern to the southern regions, while helping integrate renewable energy in the country’s power system. The ADB loan will make up around 19% of the $2.58 billion total project cost while Power Grid Corporation Ltd will provide $2.08 billion. The loan has a 20-year term, including a five-year grace period.  “Expansion of inter-regional connectivity enables bulk power transfer to ... Read More »

Get the strategy right for integrating renewable energy into Indian grid

According to reports, India has embarked upon a laudable and ambitious program to install 100 GW of solar PV plants and 60 GW of wind turbine plants by 2022. However, such a large scale addition of variable or intermittent generation in a system packed with inflexible baseload coal plants – expected to total to around 250 GW by 2022 – will pose a challenge to grid management. Tackling this will require some planning and course correction. Is there a precedent ... Read More »

Mahagenco proposes separate solar feeders for farmers

According to reports, the Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd (Mahagenco) has floated tenders to set up separate solar feeders for the agriculture sector. It is one of the most ambitious projects of the state government. A pilot project to this effect had already been successfully set up in Sangamner Tehsil of Ahmednagar. “We are currently tracking the status of the pilot projects, which appear to be successful. Meanwhile, tenders have been floated and the bidding process in on,” said ... Read More »

Dark side of the shift to renewables

According to reports, harnessing renewable energy and protecting the environment are welcome intentions. But, how far can we push the agenda, and how fast? The stress is showing in terms of low capacity utilisation in thermal power, made worse by the demand slump. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had fixed a lofty goal of reaching 175GW renewable energy (RE) capacity by 2022. This includes a five-fold rise in the National Solar Mission target to 100GW capacity in 2022. This is a ... Read More »

Rural Electrification Corp provides Rs 6,890 crore assistance to Tamil Nadu

According to reports, State-run Rural Electrification Corp (REC) has given Rs 6,890 crore financial assistance to Tamil Nadu for implementation of power sector related works. “Loan agreements were signed between REC Ltd and TANGEDCO, TANTRANSCO for financial assistance of Rs 6,890 crore on January 28, 2017 in Chennai for implementation of 1×800 MW super critical thermal power plant at North Chennai, renovation and modernisation of TANGEDCO’s existing thermal power plants and establishment of new 765 KV, 400 KV sub-stations in and ... Read More »

Renewables: the future is here

According to reports,  we are on the cusp of a green energy revolution. Solar power is already cheaper than coal in most parts of the world and it’s likely to be the cheapest form of energy everywhere by the end of the decade. 2016 saw solar bids starting with $64 (around Rs4,300) per MWh in Rajasthan in the first quarter and crashing to $29.10 per MWh in Chile by August. Services in the city of Las Vegas are now powered ... Read More »

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